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How To Get Rid of Burst Blood Vessels in the Eyes – updated article
Last year we wrote an article about burst blood vessels in the eye. As this article was popular amongst our readers, we have decided to expand on it, and answer the most common questions related to this ailment.
What is a burst blood vessel in the eye?
A burst blood vessel in the high is referred to by doctors as a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This name, as well as the physical appearance of burst vessels in the eye, makes the whole thing seem worse than it actually is from a medical standpoint. In the vast majority of cases, the signs of the hemorrhage clear up within 2 weeks, and do not require any treatment. The problem is purely a cosmetic one.
A burst blood vessel is simply when a vessel breaks that is located just beneath the surface of the eye. Sometimes when this happens, the eye is able to absorb the blood sufficiently rapidly, and you do not get a red mark in your eye. When the eye cannot do this, however, the blood gets trapped and remains there for a number of days.
What are the causes of a burst blood vessel in your eye?
The most common cause of burst blood vessels is a combination of stress and high blood pressure. In addition, regular bodily functions such as excessive sneezing and coughing can be a cause, as they strain the eyes.
Naturally, direct contact with the eye can lead to a burst blood vessel.
They are less common, but there are some more serious causes of burst blood vessels in the eye, that warrant treatment, such as these:
Some diabetics suffer from diabetic eye disease, which causes blood vessels in the eye to
regularly break, and leads to loss of vision. People with diabetes should be aware of this disease.
If you have ‘Red eye’ the blood vessels swell because they retain more blood than usual. This can result from a variety of factors, such as glaucoma, or an allergic reaction.
Hyphema is when the blood appears in the eye between the pupil and the cornea. This can be a warming sign that glaucoma will occur, and this can lead to total loss of vision.
What can be done to prevent a reoccurrence of benign burst blood vessels in your eye?
It is fairly random, so your options are limited. Some studies suggest that taking Vitamin C helps (200 mg a day), as this helps the body to strengthen the linings of small blood vessels. Grape seed extract is reported to produce the same effect.
When are burst blood vessels in the eye serious?
Whilst this ailment is generally completely benign, there are some cases in which you certainly should consult your doctor. If you notice any changes in vision, experience any pain in the eye, have a problem with high blood pressure, or if you have physically injured your eye, go to your doctor.
Blood in the front part of the eye between the cornea and the pupil/iris is known as a hyphema and requires immediate medical attention. A hyphema can lead to the sudden onset of glaucoma and permanent loss of vision.
If you suffer from red eye and you are experiencing pain, or loss of vision, there is some discharge from the eye, a cloudy cornea, a swelling of the eyelids, or you have bright red blood between the cornea and the iris, then you should see a doctor.
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The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
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