Subconjunctival haemorrhage

When a blood vessel in the white of the eye bursts.

When you see a subconjunctival haemmorrhage you know it! This happens when a blood vessel in the white of the eye bursts and the eye looks like it is bleeding. More often than not it is not anything serious but you should always seek medical attention.

What is a subconjunctival haemorrhage?

A subconjunctival haemorrhage arises when the small blood vessels burst beneath the tissue covering the white of the eye known as the conjunctiva. A subconjunctival haemorrhage is characterised by redness or a blood-shot appearance of the white of the eye. A red eye can be caused by many different eye conditions and may not necessarily indicate a subconjunctival haemorrhage, therefore it is important to see an experienced Optometrist immediately.

Subconjunctival haemorrhages may be caused by eye trauma, a sudden increase in blood pressure, certain medications that thin the blood, blood clotting disorders or a vitamin K deficiency. To ensure your red eye problem is diagnosed and treated correctly, contact The Eye Practice immediately for an appointment or further advice on (02) 9290 1899.

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