This eye injury usually looks worse than it really is. A subconjunctival hemorrhage involves leakage of blood from one or more breaks in a blood vessel that lies between the white of the eye (sclera) and its clear covering (conjunctiva).

Subconjunctival hemorrhages are quite common and can occur from even minor injury to the eye. They may be limited to a small sector of the eye, or they can extend over the entire eye, making the white sclera appear bright red.

A subconjunctival hemorrhage is painless and does not cause temporary or permanent vision loss. No treatment is required. Over the course of several weeks, the blood will clear and the eye will return to a normal appearance. Subconjunctival blood never tracks to the inside of the eye. These types of hemorrhages are not uncommon in individuals who take blood thinners such as Dispirin, Aspirin, Loplat, Xeralto and Ascard.

You should not discontinue the blood thinner until specifically directed to do so by your doctor.

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