Blood Vessels Broken in Eyes

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Ophthalmology

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

A broken blood vessel can cause a red patches or spots in your eye. It may appear frightening, but it is usually harmless. There are many microscopic blood vessels in your conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that covers your eye which can rupture. If it causes discomfort or worsens, you should consult a doctor.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Red patches in eyes

Possible causes

  • Corneal damage

    Corneal damage is a wound to the part of the eye known as the cornea. The cornea is the crystal clear (transparent) tissue that covers the front of the eye.

  • Intraocular foreign body

    Intraocular foreign bodies are unintentional projectiles that retained in the eye which require urgent diagnosis. If left unattended, it may lead to vision loss and blindness.

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Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have red patches in the white of your eyes? Such as bleeding spots?

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