Subconjunctival HemorrhageSubconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when a small blood vessel under the conjunctiva breaks and bleeds. It may occur spontaneously or from coughing, heavy lifting, or vomiting. In some cases, it may develop following eye surgery or trauma. Subconjunctival hemorrhage tends to be more common among those with diabetes and hypertension.
1 Red, bloody patch on the white of the eye
3 No change in vision
Lubricant artificial tears can soothe the eyes, although eye drops cannot help repair the broken blood vessels. If you are taking aspirin or blood thinners, continue taking them unless your doctor specifically instructs you to do otherwise. Make sure not to rub your eye, which can increase the risk of re-bleeding right after onset — similar to how a nose bleed is susceptible to re-bleeding in the early stages.