What does it mean if the eye bleeds after a head injury?

Q. What does it mean if the eye bleeds after a head injury?

Answered by
Dr. Rahul Vaswani
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 19, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jul 09, 2023

Hello doctor,

My daughter hit her head, and her eyes bleed. I cannot have access to an eye specialist since it is a weekend in my country. I want to know how dangerous this can be. What caused the eye to bleed? What else can I do until Monday when I take her to an eye specialist?



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Kindly tell me if the blood coming out of her eye or if it is collected in the white part of her eye, known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage. A picture of her eye would have been very helpful. If blood is oozing out of her eye, which is very less likely, kindly immediately rush her to an ophthalmologist or an emergency room. In the second situation, which is most likely the case, as long as her vision is not affected, you do not have to worry from her eyes point of view. But, the main concern should be the head injury. If the injury was so severe to cause a subconjunctival hemorrhage, the force was large. So, kindly consult a neurosurgeon and rule out a head injury cause it might appear late, and we should not take any chances.

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