Learn About Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

What is the definition of Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

Subconjunctival hemorrhage is a bright red patch appearing in the white of the eye. This condition is one of several disorders called red eye.

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What are the causes of Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

The white of the eye (sclera) is covered with a thin layer of clear tissue called the bulbar conjunctiva. A subconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when a small blood vessel breaks open and bleeds within the conjunctiva. The blood is often very visible, but since it is confined within the conjunctiva, it does not move and cannot be wiped away. The problem may occur without injury. It is often first noticed when you wake up and look in a mirror.

Some things that may cause a subconjunctival hemorrhage include:

  • Sudden increases in pressure, such as violent sneezing or coughing
  • Having high blood pressure or taking blood thinners
  • Rubbing the eyes
  • Viral infection
  • Certain eye surgeries or injuries

A subconjunctival hemorrhage is common in newborn infants. In this case, the condition is thought to be caused by the pressure changes across the infant's body during childbirth.

What are the symptoms of Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

A bright red patch appears on the white of the eye. The patch does not cause pain and there is no discharge from the eye. Vision does not change.

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What are the current treatments for Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

No treatment is needed. You should have your blood pressure checked regularly.

Who are the top Subconjunctival Hemorrhage Local Doctors?
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Postgraduate Institute Of Ophthalmology

Coimbatore, TN, IN 

Shreesha Kodavoor is in Coimbatore, India. Kodavoor is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Subconjunctival Hemorrhage. They are also highly rated in 5 other conditions, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Subconjunctival Hemorrhage, Pterygium of the Conjunctiva and Cornea, Pterygium, and Keratoconus.

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Tokyo Women's Medical University Medical Center East

Tokyo, JP 

Tatsuya Mimura is in Tokyo, Japan. Mimura is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Subconjunctival Hemorrhage. He is also highly rated in 12 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Subconjunctival Hemorrhage, Pinguecula, Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis, and Allergic Conjunctivitis.

 
 
 
 
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Private Konyagoz Hospital 
Konya, TR 

Fikret Ucar is in Konya, Turkey. Ucar is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Subconjunctival Hemorrhage. They are also highly rated in 3 other conditions, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Subconjunctival Hemorrhage, Pterygium, Vasoconstriction, and Cataract.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

A subconjunctival hemorrhage most often goes away on its own in about 2 to 3 weeks. The white of the eye may look yellow as the problem goes away.

What are the possible complications of Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

In most cases, there are no complications. Rarely, a total subconjunctival hemorrhage may be a sign of a serious vascular disorder in older people.

When should I contact a medical professional for Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

Call your provider if a bright red patch appears on the white of the eye.

How do I prevent Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

There is no known prevention.

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Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date : June 07, 2021
Published By : Franklin W. Lusby, MD, Ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

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Salmon JF. Conjunctiva. In: Salmon JF, ed. Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 6.