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A subconjunctival haemorrhage is when a small blood vessel bursts under the clear surface of your eye (your conjunctiva). It is a very common condition and is harmless.  

The condition doesn’t generally require treatment and normally clears up within a few weeks. It is usually painless and doesn’t affect your vision.

Subconjunctival hemorrhages occur when very fragile blood vessels in the eye burst. This can be because of strong coughing, sneezing or vomiting. Your conjunctiva doesn’t absorb blood very easily, so it is trapped in your eye for a period. 

Symptoms of a Subconjunctival Haemorrhage
  • Bright red eye
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Causes of a Subconjunctival Haemorrhage
  • Strenuous activity
  • Blood-thining medication
  • Eye injuries
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Treatment of a Subconjunctival Haemorrhage
  • No treatment generally required
  • Lubricating eye drops
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