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Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

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Subconjunctival hemorrhage facts

  • The conjunctiva is the thin tissue that covers the sclera. It is the outermost protective coating of the eyeball.
  • The small blood vessels within the conjunctiva may break spontaneously or from injury, causing a red area on the sclera, resulting in a subconjunctival hemorrhage.
  • A subconjunctival hemorrhage appears as a bright red or dark red patch on the white of the eye.
  • There are usually no symptoms associated with a subconjunctival hemorrhage.
  • A subconjunctival hemorrhage is often first noticed by looking in the mirror or from another person saying that one's eye looks red.
  • Diagnosis is made on the basis of the appearance of the hemorrhage and the absence of other findings.
  • Most subconjunctival hemorrhages clear without treatment in one to two weeks.

What is a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

The conjunctiva is the clear tissue that covers the white of the eye (the sclera) and lines the inside of both eyelids. A subconjunctival hemorrhage is blood that is located between the conjunctiva and the underlying sclera.

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