Is a subconjunctival hemorrhage serious?

Is a subconjunctival hemorrhage serious?

Is a subconjunctival hemorrhage serious?

Even a strong sneeze or cough can cause a blood vessel to break in the eye. You don’t need to treat it. Your symptoms may worry you. But a subconjunctival hemorrhage is usually a harmless condition that disappears within two weeks or so.

What do you do for a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

Subconjunctival hemorrhage doesn’t require treatment. Artificial tears (eye drops) can help relieve eye irritation if it occurs. Most broken blood vessels heal within 2 weeks. Larger spots may take longer to go away.

Is subconjunctival hemorrhage an emergency?

A subconjunctival hemorrhage in the setting of blunt trauma is worrisome and should be evaluated for possible ruptured globe or retrobulbar hematoma.

Do dry eyes cause subconjunctival hemorrhage?

Patients may have dry eye complaints due to the disruption of the tear meniscus and tear film. Less commonly, patients may present with recurrent subconjunctival hemorrhages due to poor adhesion of the conjunctiva to the underlying sclera.

Can lack of sleep cause subconjunctival hemorrhage?

The appearance of your eyes often suffers when you do not get adequate sleep. In addition to the dark circles that are a well-known side effect of sleep deprivation, you can suffer from a burst blood vessel in your eye due to overuse and strain.

Can stress cause a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

The straining associated with vomiting, coughing, or sneezing can also sometimes lead to subconjunctival hemorrhage. Stress is not a recognized cause of subconjunctival hemorrhage.

Can you exercise with subconjunctival hemorrhage?

Within two to three weeks, the blood will be gone and your eye will look normal. You may continue your usual daily activities. However, do not do heavy exercise such as running or lifting heavy objects for the next 24 hours. See your caregiver if you have subconjunctival hemorrhages often.