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A subconjunctival hemorrhage, otherwise knows as a broken blood vessel often occurs without any obvious harm to the eye.   It occurs when a tiny blood vessel breaks just underneath the clear surface of your conjunctiva.  It may be the result of a cough or even a strong sneeze.  You may not realize that you have a subconjunctival hemorrhage until you look in the mirror and find the white part of your eye is bright red.  This can be very scary for some people who do not know what is happening.   Because the conjunctiva can’t absorb blood very quickly, the blood is trapped under the transparent surface.  The blood is usually harmless and disappears with in 10 to 14 days.  Sometimes the eye starts to look worse before it actually looks better. Don’t be alarmed unless the blood is accompanied by pain or loss of vision, in which case you should contact your Eye Doctor who can examine you.    Although it is rare, a subconjunctival hemorrhage can be a sign of an underlying medical problem.  Patients on blood thinners or diagnosed with high blood pressure should make sure to contact their primary care physician should they notice any of the above symptoms.    There is no treatment for a subconjunctival hemorrhage other than observation.

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