• Can my eyes be dilated with a subconjunctival hemorrhage?


    Question:

    Can my eyes be dilated with a subconjunctival eye hemorrhage?


    Answer:

    A subconjunctival hemorrhage is a spot of blood (like a bruise) on the white part of the eye. These can sometimes happen after coughing, sneezing, heavy lifting, straining, trauma, or simply rubbing your eye too hard. They may be more common and larger if you are on blood thinners. While they can look scary, they are typically harmless and will usually clear up on their own after one to two weeks. There is no problem with having your eyes dilated if you have a subconjunctival hemorrhage. 

    If you get subconjunctival hemorrhages often or have any other concerns, then you should discuss this further with your eye care provider.

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