• Subconjunctival hemorrhage – burst blood vessel in my eye

    13th April, 2014

    Subconjunctival Haemorhage

    Subconjunctival Hemorrhage Burst Blood Vessel Eye


    A subconjunctival hemorrhage (or subconjunctival haemorrhage) also known as hyposphagma, is bleeding underneath the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva contains many small, fragile blood vessels that are easily ruptured or broken. When this happens, blood leaks into the space between the conjunctiva and sclera.

    Such a haemorrhage may be caused by a sudden or severe sneeze or cough, or due to hypertension or as a side effect of blood thinners. It may also be caused by heavy lifting, vomiting, or even rubbing one’s eyes too roughly. ¬†Also, it can result as a minor post-operative complication in eye surgeries such as LASIK.

    Whereas a bruise typically appears black or blue underneath the skin, a subconjunctival hemorrhage initially appears bright-red underneath the transparent conjunctiva. Later, the hemorrhage may spread and become green or yellow, like a bruise. Usually this disappears within 2 weeks.

    Although its appearance may be alarming, in general a Subconjunctival haemorrhage is a painless and harmless condition; however, it may be associated with high blood pressure, trauma to the eye, or a base of skull fracture if there is no posterior border of the haemorrhage visible.

    Subconjunctival haemorrhages in infants may be associated with scurvy (a vitamin C deficiency),abuse or traumatic asphyxia syndrome.

    Have your eye checked by an Optometrist or Ophthalmoligist