Ruptured vessels in eyes?

Has anyone had any issues with ruptured blood vessels the eyes? My husband just noticed that one of my vessels's never happened before and I can't really find anything about it online. Any info is appreciated! :)

this is called subconjuntival hemorrhage another name is red eye

heres some info about it,

What is a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

The conjunctiva is a clear tissue that covers the white of the eye (the sclera) and lines the inside of both eyelids. A subconjunctival hemorrhage is blood that is located between the conjunctiva and the underlying sclera.

What causes a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

The conjunctiva contains nerves and many small blood vessels. These blood vessels are usually barely visible but become larger and more visible if the eye is inflamed. These blood vessels are somewhat fragile and their walls may break easily, resulting in a subconjunctival hemorrhage (bleeding under the conjunctiva). A subconjunctival hemorrhage appears as a bright red or dark red patch on the sclera. Most subconjunctival hemorrhages are spontaneous without an obvious cause for the bleeding from normal conjunctival blood vessels. Since most subconjunctival hemorrhages are painless, a person may discover a subconjunctival hemorrhage only by looking in the mirror. Many spontaneous subconjunctival hemorrhages are first noticed by another person seeing a red spot on the white of your eye. Rarely there may be an abnormally large or angulated blood vessel as the source of the hemorrhage.

The following can occasionally result in a spontaneous subconjunctival hemorrhage:

  • Sneezing

  • Coughing

  • Straining/vomiting

  • Increasing the pressure in the veins of the head, as in weight lifting

  • Eye rubbing or inserting contact lenses

  • Certain infections of the outside of the eye (conjunctivitis) where a virus or a bacteria weaken the walls of small blood vessels under the conjunctiva

  • also stess can cause these,

great info, joelene..thanks..

i only get broken blood vessels if i vomit or cough too much.

Thanks to the both of you for your reply. I went to the eye Dr. because I was due for a check up anyway and he told me the same thing...subconjuntival hemorrhage. I don't recall coughing or sneezing though. My eye did sorda feel weird that day, like there was that stuff you have in your eyes when you wake up..only it was there ALL DAY, so who knows it's quite possible I rubbed it too hard. Also, I've noticed that in the past few months that I'm gradually more and more unable to see clearly with my current glasses. I'm almost positive it has something to do with the Chiari, and the Eye Dr. told me that my eyes are 3 "clicks" worse than they were at my last exam. (Whatever the technical word for "click" is?) And he also recommended me to get bi-focals...I'M 26!! BI-FOCALS?! Haha I'll probably opt out of those.

im glad you got it checked,

the eye issues are chiari, my eyes are blurry and get double vision,i got glasses acouple of yrs ago when i had a turn, i dont think they are right for me, but i wont change them not that i wear them anyway,

i have to pay for that, and last time it cost me alot of money,

do what you think is right for your eyes,


Hello Brandi, This I can help with. I am a Ophthalmic Technician. Although broken blood vessels in the white part of the eye (conjunctiva) looks really bad, it is very common. You can google it, the name is a subconcjuctival hemorrhage It often is caused by sneezing, coughing, or straining. If you are taking any blood thining agents like aspirn it can happen easily. It will take a week for your body to absorb the blood and return to normal.It lookslike you have been seen by your doctor though so thats good. Clicks are 0.25 quarter diopters of correction if you were wondering and yes 26 is very young for bifocals maybe reading glasses but bifocals I wonder his or her reasoning for that. Tiffany

Hello how are you? I have broken blood vessels in my eyes the Dr noticed it when I was in the hospital, but it cleared up. Now 6 mths post op my eyes have started swelling again and they are red day in and day out.I called my surgeon but as you may know we never talk to them only the nurse. Anyway she said that I can just go to a regular eye Dr but we know that a regular Dr don't want to have anything to do with us after they find out about surgery. O yeah the nurse said I just may need glasses, I don't care for my Dr's nurse AT ALL!