How to quickly heal broken blood vessels in your eye

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How to quickly heal broken blood vessels in your eye
A broken blood vessel creates a painless, dark pink patch under the surface membrane of your eye. (red eye image by Ken Marshall from

Any activity that strains the head and face such as vomiting, violently sneezing or even heavy lifting, can break small blood vessels in your eye. The result is a painless, dark red patch against the white of your eye. Despite its severe appearance, a broken blood vessel itself is not cause for alarm, according to the Mayo Clinic. You may experience minor itching under the eyelid as a result of the broken vessel, but should see an ophthalmologist even if there is no pain or discomfort. You cannot expedite the healing process of broken blood vessel in your eye, but you can take steps to ease any discomfort.

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Things you need

  • Moisturising eye drops

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  1. 1

    See your ophthalmologist. Only he can determine if you have a broken blood vessel or a more serious condition.

  2. 2

    Apply moisturising eye drops. Moisture drops alleviate the itchiness you may experience under your eyelid.

  3. 3

    Wait for the blood to reabsorb back into your eye, which typically takes 10 to 14 days. Return to your doctor if your eye has not healed after two weeks.

Tips and warnings

  • A broken blood vessel in your eye can be a symptom of a more serious bleeding condition. Never attempt to diagnose or treat any condition without the guidance of a medical professional.

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