There are small, delicate blood vessels beneaththe tissue covering the white of the eye â€“ when these break it is called a subconjunctivalhemorrhage. Although the condition can be very dramatic in appearance, it is generallybenign, and causes no vision problems or significant eye discomfort. Some causes include traumato the eye, a sudden increase in blood pressure due to heavy lifting, coughing, sneezing,laughing or constipation; the use of blood thinners such as aspirin or warfarin, or rarelya blood clotting disorder. The treatment is to not rub the eye, and much like a bruise,it takes approximately 1014 days for the condition to resolve. Lubricating eye dropscan help soothe the eye, and cold compresses
can help with the discomfort. If the conditionhappens once, then it is usually considered normal and benign. However, if it happensmore than once, then there may be a more serious condition that needs to be addressed. Be sureto check with your of Optometry if you notice sudden and persistent redness,especially if it occurs with changes in vision, pain or light sensitivity.