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This Blood In My Eye Is Making Me Look Like A Freak!

This was actually a status post that one of my friends posted on Facebook last week and ironically, also something that a co-worker in our ophthalmology office is dealing with. Have you ever just all of a sudden noticed that your eye was blood red? ¬† Maybe you woke up with it like that one morning. ¬† Maybe someone brought it your attention, by subtly saying, "Ewwwww, why is your eye like THAT!?!?" This redness in your eye is actually called a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage. These types of hemorrhages occur when one of the small blood vessels in your conjunctiva (the clear membrane that covers the sclera) breaks, causing the blood to leak between the conjunctiva and the sclera (the white part of your eye). ¬†The most common causes of this are coughing, sneezing or straining, but can also be caused by trauma to the eye, ¬†high blood pressure or diabetes. ¬†People who are on blood thinners such as Coumadin or¬†Aspirin¬†therapies could also be prone to these types of¬†hemorrhages. ¬†Don't worry, the blood is trapped under the conjunctiva on the outside of your eye and will not suddenly start to drip down your cheek, making you look like a character in the newest Twilight movie. ¬†Unfortunately, there is no miracle drop that will make it go away. ¬†Subconjunctival Hemorrhages usually clear up on their own, but be forewarned, this could take a few days or a couple of weeks, depending on it's size. These small hemorrages usually are not painful, nor do they cause blurrred vision, so if you think you have a subconjunctival hemorrage, but are experiencing pain or blurred vision, get in to see your eye doctor as soon as possible. Although it is often alarming to look at, it is almost always harmless and will gradually go away with no treatment. ¬†Until then, put on some funky sunglasses to hide it. After all, summer is all about stylish sunglasses! Mary Sweetman, C.O.A. Certified Ophthalmic Assistant  

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