About six weeks ago, I picked up my 4 year old son, and he looked me in the eyes, and then he freaked out. He’s a worrier of a kid, and so when I was finally able to get him to tell me what was upsetting him, he told me that I had blood in my eye. I went and looked in the mirror, and what do you know? I did have a little patch of blood in the white of my left eye, in the area towards the side of my head. Somehow, I had broken a blood vessel in my eye. A broken blood vessel in your eye is called a sunbconjunctival hemorrhage, which is the fancy medical term for a broken blood vessel in the white part of your eye.
A subconjunctival hemorrhage can be quiet upsetting, even frightening, if you have never had one before. Chances are really good that you will find out that you have a subconjunctival hemorrhage by looking in the mirror, or because someone else notices it, and tells you. A subconjunctival hemorrhage is painless, and it does not affect the vision in your eye, so how would you know that you have one unless someone tells you? Almost all of the time, a subconjunctival hemorrhage is completely harmless, and really nothing to worry about, even if it disturbs others, and it clashes your eye shadow. Your body will absorb the trapped blood from in the area where the tiny blood vessel has broken in a day or two.
What are the causes of a subconjunctival hemorrhage, or a broke blood vessel in your eye? A subconjunctival hemorrhage can be causes by a lot of things. Generally, anything that causes you to strain and for pressure to be felt, especially in the upper body, can cause a subconjunctival hemorrhage. Some of the most common causes of a broken blood vessel in the eye include coughing and sneezing a lot, or strongly. Vomiting, and straining to have a bowel movement can cause a subconjunctival hemorrhage, as can lifting a heavy object. Yelling loudly can cause a broken blood vessel in your eye, so if you scream your brains out at a sporting event, and find yourself with a subconjunctival hemorrhage, do not be surprised. Having a baby can cause both you, and the baby to have a subconjunctival hemorrhage, as delivering a baby puts a lot of pressure on the both of you.
While I cannot be totally certain, I believe that I probably got my broken blood vessel when I carried my not so little son up a very steep hill earlier that day. If you get a subconjunctival hemorrhage, you will probably only be able to speculate about how you got it, because you will not feel it happen. It will not hurt the way a broken blood vessel does on your hand, or finger. You will not feel, or hear a “pop.” You will just see that harmless, but unattractive, patch of blood in the white of your eye. Do not fret. it will go away sooner, rather than later.
In most cases, a broken blood vessel in the eye is a one time occurrence. It may happen a few times in your life, but not with any frequency. If you begin to have subconjunctival hemorrhages on a regular basis, then you need to see your doctor to see if there is any, more serious, problem causing your subconjunctival hemorrhages. But for now, if this is you are having your first one, there is no need to alert the troops, and rush to the ER. Your subconjuntival hemorrhage is really just an temporary eye sore, pun intended.