Bloodshot Eye! Why?

A common condition seen in the eye doctor’s office is a subconjunctival hemorrhage (SCH). This condition usually sends people into their eye doctor’s office in a panic, but is actually not an emergency. Patients will often wake up with bleeding over the white of their eye. This is nothing more than a bruise in the eye. In a normal bruise, the skin on top of the blood causes it to have a purplish hue. In the eye, the blood is under the conjunctiva, a clear tissue that lines the white of the eye.  Since the tissue over top is transparent, the bruise looks bright red. This can be caused by trauma to the eye, exertion from heavy lifting,  straining using the restroom, pushing during labor, coughing, and vomiting. In rare cases, it can be due to a clotting problem with the blood. This is only suspected if it occurs repeatedly. For this reason it is more common in people who are on blood thinners or NSAIDs. The treatment for a SCH is time. As with any bruise it will fade with time as the body reabsorbs the blood from the broken blood vessel.



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.

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*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor.

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