When to see your doctor
See your doctor if you have any type of eye bleeding or other eye symptoms. Never ignore changes to your eyes or vision. It’s always best to have your eyes checked. Even minor eye infections can get worse or cause complications if they’re not treated.
What is the treatment for eye bleeding?
Treatment for eye bleeding depends on the cause. Subconjunctival hemorrhages are usually not serious and heal without treatment.
If you have an underlying condition, such as high blood pressure, your doctor will prescribe treatment to manage it.
Hyphemas and more serious eye bleeding may need direct treatment. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops as needed for eye bleeding:
- supplementary tear drops for dry eyes
- steroid eye drops for swelling
- numbing eye drops for pain
- antibiotic eye drops for bacterial infection
- antiviral eye drops for viral infection
- laser surgery to repair blood vessels
- eye surgery to drain excess blood
- tear duct surgery
You may need to wear a special shield or eye patch to protect your eye while the eye bleeding heals.
See your eye doctor to check the eye bleeding and your eye health. They’ll likely measure your eye pressure also. High eye pressure can lead to other eye conditions like glaucoma.
What you can do at home
If you wear contact lenses, take them out. Don’t wear contact lenses until your eye doctor says it’s safe to do so. There are several things you can do at home to help your eye bleeding:
- take your eye drops or other medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor
- check your blood pressure regularly with an at-home monitor
- get plenty of rest
- prop your head up on pillow to help your eye drain
- avoid too much physical activity
- get regular eye and vision check-ups
- clean and replace contact lenses often
- avoid sleeping with contact lenses on
Contact SightMD today to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss your vision health at one of our convenient locations!