Do you ever have blood in the whites of your eyes?

Often patients will come into the optometrist’s office in a panic because they awoke with the white of their eye completely bloody. While looking very serious, this is actually no more serious than a bruise. This is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage, and is due to a broken blood vessel lying between the white of the eye and the clear conjunctiva that lies over top of it. These blood vessels can often break due to getting bumped in the eye, or more commonly from anything that temporarily spikes your blood pressure. These are commonly seen in people who have coughing fits, a history of vomiting, or any kind of straining, whether it be due to heavy lifting, pushing during child birth, or straining using the bathroom.The bloody appearance usually has very few other symptoms. There is typically no pain, discharge, or change in vision. The blood will be reabsorbed by the body in approximately a week. Because other more serious conditions can cause redness in the eye, it is always best to see your eye doctor with any new onset of redness.
From the Optometrists, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Center. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

Sleeping with Contact Lenses

Many people want a contact lens in which they can sleep overnight for multiple nights. There are even some contact lenses that are FDA approved for 30 days of continuous wear. These contact lenses gained this FDA approval because they are very permeable to oxygen and let the cornea “breathe”. However, sleeping in contact lenses, whether it be traditional contact lenses or the newer breathable ones, still greatly increases the risk of eye infections. These eye infections, besides being uncomfortable, can be potentially vision threatening. They can lead to corneal ulcers, which have the potential to permanently scar the cornea. This can lead to permanent decrease in visual acuity or blindness. To greatly minimize this risk, it is recommended that all contact lenses be removed and disinfected nightly. As always, at the first sign of any redness, pain, or change in vision, it is advised that your contact lenses should be removed immediately and you should contact your eye doctor.

From the Optometrists, Opticians and Staff of Rinkov Eyecare Center. Providing quality comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease. Eye Doctor serving Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years. Downtown Columbus, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg. Sunglasses to protect your eye and make you look good!