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What is a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

A subconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when blood pools between the conjunctiva - the clear layer at the front of the eye - and the sclera, the white layer below. Part or all of the surface of the eye generally appears bright red. It can occur because of a blow, or even due to something as simple as a coughing fit. It is usually a minor injury that gets better within a couple of weeks.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pink eye


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