BLOOD RED EYE? By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
When you look in the mirror and see that the white part of your eye is suddenly blood red, it can be quite scary. But not every red eye is a problem. You should be concerned if there is associated eye pain, discharge, light sensitivity or a change in your vision. Should any of those symptoms occur, you should see your eye care professional promptly.
But a “blood-red” eye is often just that: blood. A small blood vessel may have broken on the surface of the eye, trapping a drop of blood under the thin, clear membrane that covers the eye called the conjunctiva. That’s why its call a “sub-conjunctival” hemorrhage. They are painless and don’t affect your vision. It is not uncommon for one to be noticed by someone else with a comment like, “What happened to your eye? You should get that checked out!”
A sub-conjunctival hemorrhage usually occurs spontaneously, not the result of trauma. As far as treatment, there is not really anything you can do to make them resolve sooner than 7-10 days. Eye drops, such as artificial tears, are sometimes used for minor associated irritation. But you should be sure not to rub the eye for 2-4 weeks as that could cause another bleeding episode.
Are you still not sure about your red eye? Call for an appointment. We would much prefer to set your mind at ease rather than let a more serious problem go without treatment. We look forward to meeting you.
Dr. James Ivanoski is an Optometrist practicing at Madison Medical Eye Care. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.