Yesterday, my mother had a blood vessel break in the white of her
eye. She says there is no pain and it is not bothering
her--but it looks awful. The entire inner part of her right eye
is blood red and there is an area that looks like it could
be the broken vein. She found medical information that claims
it is not serious, but I suggested she visit the eye doctor to
make sure. Can you tell me what it is and if there is treatment?
It sounds as though you are describing a subconjunctival hemorrhage. You are correct in that this is a broken vein on the surface of the eye. It can be do to coughing, sneezing, straining, or rubbing the eye. It is more likely in patients on blood thinners such as aspirin. If this is recurrent we sometimes recommend a blood workup to rule out any blood problems but this is uncommon. Like any bruise, it may last a week to 10 days. Some people find some comfort with using artificial tears to keep the surface lubricated. I hope this has been helpful.
This information was provided for medical educational purposes only.
*Keywords: eye hemorrhage
Copyright 1994-2016MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.