Rupture of small vessels leading to an accumulation of blood in the subconjunctiva, the potential space between the conjunctiva and the sclera
Synonym(s): conjunctival hemorrhage
No visual changes
Eye trauma, including rubbing
Use of aspirin or other anticoagulant
Medical conditions leading to increased intraocular pressure or straining, including uncontrolled HT...
Reassurance. No analgesia; condition is self-limited.
Condition is nonpainful; the presence of pain should alert examiner to a more serious condition 4[C].
Topical steroids are...
Consider ophthalmology consultation if history of ocular trauma is present or in the presence of associated ocular injury 5[C].
Consider hematology consultation if...
Fukuyama J, Hayasaka S, Yamada K, et al. Causes of subconjunctival hemorrhage. Ophthalmologica. 1990;200(2):63–67.
Goroll AH, May LA, Mulley AG, eds. Primary Care Medicine: Off...
Most cases resolve completely over the course of 1 to 3 wk 3.
Only recurrent or persistent cases require evaluation by an ophthalmologist 1.
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