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Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

By Melvin I. Roat, MD, FACS

Subconjunctival hemorrhages are small accumulations of blood beneath the conjunctiva (the membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the front of the eye). They usually result from minor injury to the eye (see page Overview of Eye Injuries), straining, lifting, pushing, bending forward, vomiting, sneezing, or coughing. Rarely, they occur spontaneously. Subconjunctival hemorrhages may appear frightening but are almost always harmless. They disappear on their own, usually within 2 weeks. No treatment is helpful or necessary.

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