• What can you do for a broken blood vessel in the eye that won’t go away?


    Question:

    I have a broken blood vessel in the white of my eye that’s been there for several years now. Is there anything that can be done to make it go away? And is this anything to worry about?


    Answer:

    Broken blood vessels in the eye leak blood underneath the conjunctiva (outer covering of the white of the eye). This is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. These will typically resolve without any treatment, as the body breaks down the blood into its various components and slowly resorbs them over the next few weeks. It would be unusual for the subconjunctival hemorrhage to last longer than a few weeks. Perhaps the hemorrhages are recurring over and over, in which case your ophthalmologist can confirm that they are benign (harmless) in nature and are not associated with any lesions that can bleed easily. He or she may check clotting factors in your blood to confirm that they are normal. Sometimes, what appears to be a subconjunctival hemorrhage is actually dilated blood vessels or a conjunctival nevus (a freckle or mole on the eye).


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