Subconjunctival Haemorrhage 

Subconjunctival Haemorrhage 

It is very common for patients to contact us when concerned about a sudden appearance of redness in the eye.  This occurrence is most commonly labelled as ‘bloodshot’.   What has happened?

This short video will explain exactly what a subconjunctival haemorrhage is, reasons they can occur and what to do if you happen to be the owner of one!

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Subconjunctival haemorrhage’s appear as one or many red spots on the white of the eye.  Our eyes contain lots of tiny blood vessels that can break.  If they break, blood leaks between the conjunctiva and sclera (click on either to learn what these parts of the eyes are).  This bleeding is the ‘bloodshot’ eye that you are seeing.


In most cases, the only symptom will be the above mentioned redness / bloodshot that you see in the mirror.  Occasionally, mild irritation is associated with the haemorrhage.  You should NOT experience any floaters, change in vision, weeping or discharge from the eye.  If you experience any of these symptoms in addition to the redness, please contact a health professional who can better advise you.


Treatment is rarely required and the red spots usually clear within 1 to 3 weeks following initial onset.  Lab tests and imaging are not required although it is advisable to contact your GP, Optometrist or Ophthalmologist if you are concerned.

Dr Graham Furness - Cataract & Refractive Surgeon at Insight Eye Clinic



**Please note this blog is not a substitute for medical advice.  If you have any concern about your vision quality or eye health, we urge you to contact your GP or Ophthalmologist**

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