• How can I make a broken blood vessel in my eye heal faster?


    Question:

    I had a blood vessel break in the white of my eye. I was checked by a doctor and nothing is wrong. I’m told these things just happen sometimes, even from a sneeze or rubbing the eye. Is there anything I can do to speed up the healing? Any way to make the blood in the white of my eye go away faster?


    Answer:

    A thin vein in the white of your eye has developed a slight leak and this small amount of blood can spread over a large area due to the layering of the conjunctiva (the thin, transparent membrane covering the white of the eye) over the white sclera underneath. The wider spread can look dramatic but does help the eye reabsorb the blood quicker. Since the conjunctiva is thin, oxygen gets to this blood, so it remains quite red until absorbed.

    In truth, there is nothing you can do to speed up the absorption which can take five to 10 days, although some think that the application of warm soaks can help this process.


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