What is Medicine – What is Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?
Subconjunctival hemorrhage happens when one of the small blood vessels within the conjunctiva rupture. This will lead to the release of blood into the space between the conjunctiva and the sclera.
Subconjunctival hemorrhage happens after episodes of strenuous exercise such as weight lifting, trauma to the eyes, heavy coughing or even straining in case of constipation.
Patient with subconjunctival hemorrhage may present with a patch of bright red blood underneath the conjunctiva and in front of the sclera. It does not affect the vision and painless.
Other conditions that may be associated with subconjunctival hemorrhage may include hypertension, non-accidental injury, medications intake such as warfarin or anti platelets, whooping cough or bleeding disorders such as thrombocytopenia.
Subconjunctival hemorrhage may resolve spontaneously without any treatment and approximately 2 weeks are required.
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