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How to quickly heal broken blood vessels in your eye

Updated April 17, 2017

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

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

  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.

  4. Warning

    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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Things You'll Need

  • Moisturising eye drops

About the Author

Christina Schnell

Christina Bednarz Schnell began writing full-time in 2010. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior, medical conditions and pet health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations.

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