If a small blood vessel breaks in the white part of your eye, the blood makes part of the white of your eye bright red. This is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. The redness can increase over 24 to 48 hours, especially if you are taking aspirin or blood thinners. Usually, it clears up by itself in a week or two, just like a bruise on the skin does.
Bleeding in the white of your eye can be caused by injuries, forceful coughing, vomiting or sneezing, or straining to have a bowel movement. Being on blood thinners such as aspirin or warfarin may increase the risk. However, most of the time, there is no clear cause for the bleeding.
Your child’s eye will be red. Some children have a mild scratchy feeling in the eye. It should not affect your child’s vision.
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and examine your child’s eyes. Usually no tests are needed. If it happens to your child a lot, a blood test may be done to check for a bleeding problem.
Usually, no treatment is needed. In most cases, the redness in your eye goes away in 1 to 3 weeks. Your eye may turn yellow before it turns white again, as the blood is absorbed. Your provider may suggest that you use artificial tears eyedrops if your eye feels scratchy.
Follow the full course of treatment your healthcare provider prescribes. Ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.