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Broken Blood Vessels in Eye

What are broken blood vessels on the surface of the eye?

Broken blood vessels on the surface of the eye are common and usually harmless. They appear as bright red patches on the white part of the eye. The redness associated with a broken blood vessel usually disappears within 10 days.

Broken blood vessels on the surface of the eye are also called subconjunctival hemorrhages.

What causes a broken blood vessel on the surface of the eye?

Broken blood vessels on the surface of the eye can occur suddenly and without injury to the eye. Some common causes are violent sneezes and violent coughing. In many cases, no cause can be determined. However, certain medications and herbal supplements can increase the risk of this type of bleeding.

Medications and herbal supplements that can increase the risk of developing a broken blood vessel on the surface of the eye are:

  • Blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin and aspirin
  • Ginseng
  • Ginkgo
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • St. John's wort
  • Cayenne

Symptoms of broken blood vessels on surface of the eye

Subconjunctival hemorrhages typically cause no signs or symptoms other than eye redness.

Treatment for broken blood vessels on the surface of the eye

No specific treatment is needed. The redness usually goes away within 10 days. There are usually no complications.

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