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What's the red substance in this man's eye?

48 year old man (me!) wakes up with a bloody eye. I noticed it only when looking in the mirror to shave.


What is your diagnosis?


subconjunctival hemorrage


Diagnosis:

Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

A subconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when a tiny blood vessel breaks just underneath the clear surface of your eye (conjunctiva). You may not realize you have a subconjunctival hemorrhage until you look in the mirror and find the white part of your eye is bright red.

The conjunctiva can't absorb the blood quickly, so the blood is trapped under this transparent surface. A subconjunctival hemorrhage may look frightening and painful to you, but it's usually a harmless condition that disappears within 10 to 14 days.

Subconjunctival hemorrhage often occurs without any injury to your eye, or it may be the result of a strong sneeze or cough that caused a broken blood vessel. You don't need any specific treatment for a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD
Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor of Dermatology
At the
University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical Director, Crutchfield Dermatology
www.CrutchfieldDermatology.com

References

  1. Mayo clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/subconjunctival-hemorrhage/DS00867



 


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