While a broken blood vessel on your eye can look scary, a subconjunctival hemorrhage is
almost always harmless and often heals on its own.
Before we dive into this condition, it’s important to know the word “hemorrhage”
means the escape of blood (i.e. bleeding).
With this in mind, a subconjunctival hemorrhage is a normal condition that occurs when a small
blood vessel bursts under the clear lining of your eyeball, known as the conjunctiva.
Upon doing so, blood becomes trapped and pools underneath this layer, creating a visible
Coughing, sneezing, straining, or other similar actions most commonly cause subconjunctival
They can occur spontaneously or due to a mild injury, inflammation, or the use of blood
On average, a subconjunctival hemorrhage typically resolves on its own within a couple weeks.
If you are looking to speed up this process, unfortunately, there isn’t really a good
way to do so.
However, if you’re having recurring or lingering subconjunctival hemorrhages, further testing
In rare occurrences, this condition is related to underlying diseases such as high blood
pressure, diabetes, or a blood clotting disorder.
Lastly, if your condition was the result of injury, visit an eye doctor to ensure you
don't have other complications.
If you’re concerned about having a subconjunctival hemorrhage, make sure to schedule an appointment
with your local eye care professional today!