conjunctiva is the clear membrane which covers the white part of the
(sclera). It protects and lubricates the eyeball and also allows the
to turn easily. The conjunctiva contains many small, rather fragile
vessels. Rupture of one of these small vessels or
capillaries results in a SUBCONJUNCTIVAL HEMORRHAGE. This appears as
outlined bright red spot on the sclera.Most
of the time there are no symptoms, however some patients complain of
pain when it begins. Many people become alarmed by the sudden onset
of this common problem, however it is not associated with any diseases
which will cause a loss of vision. The hemorrhage tends to fade over
two to three weeks and clears last in
the area next to colored part of the eye (iris).
The most common cause is simple rubbing of the eyes. This
the conjunctiva bursting open one of the small blood vessels.Raising
the pressure inside the conjunctival veins also can cause a hemorrhage.
This occurs with lifting heavy objects, vomiting, sneezing, or coughing.
Most of the time an obvious cause is not found. Only rarely is it
ever associated with high blood pressure or other bleeding problems.NO
TREATMENT is needed in this condition. Happily SUBCONJUNCTIVAL HEMORRHAGES
will go away and only be a cosmetic problem for a few days.