Q. Will subconjunctival hemorrhage heal on its own?

Answered by
Dr. Dada Peer K
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 28, 2020

Hi doctor,

My 5-year-old son has had a pretty bad cough that we are treating and he is improving. Last night, he had some pretty severe coughing fits, but we got through those with herbal tea, cough drops, and a small spoonful of honey. When we got up this morning, and I looked at him I was alarmed to see both of his eyes had puddles of red blood over part of the white areas. I did some online research and it looks like a subconjunctival hemorrhage. Everything that I read about this condition says it will heal on its own. But I would like a professional opinion. He did have some eye goop the day before as part of his cold sickness, but that cleared up on its own.

Dr. Dada Peer K

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I reviewed your history and the photos attached to the question. (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

The photos show sub-conjunctival hemorrhage as rightly thought by you. This is because of the collection of blood under the conjunctiva. This occurs most commonly following injury but can also occur in cases of coughing or severe sneezing as in case of your son. This will resolve slowly as the blood gets absorbed over a period of two to four weeks.

No treatment is required. Use of vitamin C tablets will help in quick resolution. The cough needs to be treated appropriately. You need to consult an ophthalmologist if there symptoms like pain, diminution of vision. Otherwise no need to be worried he will be fine.

I hope this helps.

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