Monday, September 8, 2008

The Red Eye

I don’t mean to freak you out; but after getting red from allergy, showing you my red nails, now I bring to you red eyes! Yup, that’s how my left eye looks at the moment. Yesterday, it was even worse.

What's with the color RED and me? It's my favorite color but I don't intend to be red, all over!

I was googling about the causes of bloodshot eyes but
there are no images that best describe what I have now, so I took some photos of the actual.

This is not the first time I experienced this, but I still freak out when the red starts to crawl and takes over the white part of the affected eye.

For two days, I slept very very late, so I figured it could have been big time eye strain. I usually have it on the corner of my right eye, and it just disappears after a couple of hours. But this time it’s different, as it lingered for a day already.

According to, this could be Subconjunctival Hemorrhage:

"Subconjunctival hemorrhage is a bright red patch appearing in the white of the eye. This condition is also called red eye. It occurs when a small blood vessel breaks open and bleeds near the surface of the white of the eye (bulbar conjunctiva). It may happen without injury, and is often first noticed when you wake up and look in a mirror.

Sudden increases in pressure such as violent sneezing or coughing can cause a subconjunctival hemorrhage. The hemorrhage may also occur in persons with high blood pressure or who take blood thinners.


A bright red patch appears on the white of the eye. The patch does not cause pain and there is no discharge from the eye. Vision does not change.

Exams and Treatment

The health care provider will perform a physical exam and look at your eyes. Blood pressure should be tested. If you have other areas of bleeding or bruising, more specific tests may be needed.

No treatment is needed. You should have your blood pressure regularly checked. A subconjunctival hemorrhage usually goes away on its own in about 1 week. There are usually no complications."

I checked my own blood pressure and it’s 90/70. So I guess there’s nothing to be really worried about. Maybe I should start using my computer glasses again to avoid further eye strain.

Did you have a similar experience? Do share your thoughts. :)

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