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Burst Blood Vessel in the Eye

Eye injuries happen in various forms and are caused by a variety of different things. A person, who looks in the mirror and notices bright red areas on his or her eye, may be suffering from a particular type of eye injury, called a subconjunctival hemorrhage, or burst blood vessel.

Man rubbing his eyes with a Burst Blood Vessel.

What is a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

The clear surface of the eye is called the conjunctiva. When an injury occurs that causes a subconjunctival hemorrhage, the conjunctiva is unable to absorb the blood from the injury quickly enough. Therefore, it becomes trapped and causes what can be an alarming, bright red area on the sclera (white) of the eye. The injury can feel slightly irritated but does not result in compromised vision, discharge, or severe pain.

Causes of a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

There are times when the person suffering a burst blood vessel in the eye is unaware of how the injury occurred. Some of the different causes include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Extreme coughs
  • Strong sneezes
  • Straining
  • Vomiting

Additionally, rubbing one's eye roughly, or experiencing a trauma, such as a foreign object injury can also cause burst blood vessels.

How Serious are these Hemorrhages?

Subconjunctival hemorrhages rarely cause health complications. However, if the condition results from a traumatic injury, the doctor treating the injury will probably want to conduct an evaluation to make sure that other eye injuries have not been attained and to assure the hemorrhage has no complications. However, certain risk factors do exist.

Risk Factors

Some of the rick factors associated with an eye hemorrhage include:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Specific types of blood thinning medications
  • Any type of blood clotting disorder

Is there any way to Avoid Attaining a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

If you take blood-thinning medication or have a bleeding disorder, the best way to avoid attaining a superficial eye hemorrhage is to consult with your doctor about steps that can be taken to reduce its risks.  Also, upon those occasions when one feels the need to rub his or her eyes, he or she should do so gently, as rubbing with too much pressure can increase the risks of a hemorrhage.

Contact Harrel Eyecare To Receive Hemorrhage Treatment Today 

If you live in the Tulsa metro area, Dr. Monte Harrel and partners, of Harrel Eyecare, are leading providers of eye care for patients suffering from eye injuries, such as those caused by a burst blood vessel. With three conveniently located offices, Harrel Eyecare provides area residents with excellent care and friendly service. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at (918) 745-9662.

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