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Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

A subconjunctival hemorrhage is when one or more spots of blood appear on the white of your eye. The conjunctiva is the thin membrane (tissue) that covers the white of your eye. It helps protect your eye and keep it moist. The conjunctiva has many tiny blood vessels. When these break, blood appears on the white of your eye.

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What causes a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

The subconjunctival hemorrhage may appear on its own. The following are also common causes:

What other signs or symptoms might I have?

There are usually no other signs or symptoms. You may have mild irritation. A subconjunctival hemorrhage does not affect your vision.

How is a subconjunctival hemorrhage diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your eye and check your vision. You may need other tests to check for an underlying medical condition.

How is a subconjunctival hemorrhage treated?

The blood spot usually goes away on its own without treatment. This may take a few days or up to 3 weeks depending on how large the spot is. Artificial tears may help decrease mild irritation and keep your eye moist. Use the drops as directed.

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Treatment options

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How can I prevent another subconjunctival hemorrhage?

When should I call my doctor?

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