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I have broken eye vessel and pressure behind my eye for past ten days. What is it?


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Published At September 1, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have what looks like to me a broken eye vessel in my left eye but I want to be sure that what it is. I have had it for about 8 to 10 days now. It is annoying. I need it to be gone. There is some pressure behind the eye that is more of an annoyance than pain. The past few nights, I have been using an eye patch when I sleep to protect it in case I rub it during my sleep. I also have used over the counter artificial tears as needed but not every day. Please, what do you think it is?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have looked at the pictures uploaded by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You should not worry. It is not a serious condition. You have developed a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage. It can be caused due to many factors, but a mild injury to the eye during sleep is the most common cause. Also if you have high blood pressure, then it is more common. It should resolve on its own after 10 to 15 days. You can continue using lubricant drops. Regarding the pressure behind the eye. I would suggest you get checked for glasses by an optician and wear them regularly if required. Consult an ophthalmologist in person if that does not help.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you for the quick response. It has been about 10 days that is why I was worrying. As for the blood pressure, no, I am usually normal on that. I do wear glasses but only for distance.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I think you should still get your glasses checked. As per your age, you would probably require glasses for near also. Not wearing them can cause symptoms of heaviness and pressure of eyes, which you are feeling. The subconjunctival hemorrhage in your eyes must have reduced somewhat in last 10 days. It should be completely normal in another week or two.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Agarwal Krishna Kumar
Dr. Agarwal Krishna Kumar

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

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