My 3 yr old son has a small red spot in the white of his right eye. It does not seem to be bothering him much although he has rubbing it quite a bit since the spot appeared yesterday. Any ideas as to what this could be?
Hello Blakes mom. Important thing here is pain and discomfort. If it hurts it needs to be checked, ideally by an Ophthalmologist tomorrow. The possiblities that come to mind: if it's bright red could be a small broken blood vessel on the surface of the eye (subconjuntival hemorrhage). These are common, innoccuous and often 'just happen'. It would be important to make sure it was not caused by a foreign object in the eye. Kids are often not reliable historians and/or omit the truth if it was something they shouldn't have been doing. It could be that something that is an irritant got in the eye (blew, splashed, rubbed, thrown). Much less likely include inflammation of the surface of the eye (epsicleritis).
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