Can subconjunctival hemorrhage be prevented?

If you have risk factors for subconjunctival hemorrhage, you can take steps to prevent broken blood vessels, including:

  • Keeping your contact lenses clean
  • Wearing protective eyewear during sports or activities that involve flying debris
  • Checking with your doctor if you have a bleeding disorder

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


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