How is subconjunctival hemorrhage treated?

Subconjunctival hemorrhage doesn’t require treatment. Artificial tears (eye drops) can help relieve eye irritation if it occurs. Most broken blood vessels heal within 2 weeks. Larger spots may take longer to go away. As the blood clears up, the color of the area may change, like a fading bruise.

Contact your doctor if pain accompanies the eye redness. This could be a sign of other conditions that are more serious, such as a hyphema (collection of blood in front of the colored part of the eye).

If broken blood vessels appear in your eyes often, your doctor may want you to undergo tests to try to identify an underlying cause. Sometimes, disorders related to blood clotting such as hemophilia or von Willebrand disease, make subconjunctival hemorrhage more likely.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/20/2018.


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