What is Red Spot in Eye?
Red spot in eye is usually a harmless condition caused by the rupture and bleeding of the small blood vessels in your eye. This condition is also known as subconjunctival hematoma. While the red spot in eye may look scary, it is painless, does not require treatment and it subsides in 1 to 2 weeks.
Red spot is caused due to the bleeding of tiny blood vessels under the conjunctiva. Conjunctiva is a thin, clear membrane covering the white portion (sclera) of the eye and the eyelids. When the tiny blood vessels between the conjunctiva and sclera break, blood leaks under the conjunctiva resulting in a red spot.
Causes of Red Spot in Eye:
Here are the most common causes of Red Spot in eye:
- Coughing or sneezing
- Rubbing the eyes
- Straining by lifting weights, exercising etc
Red spot in eye can also be caused due to the following reasons:
- High blood pressure
- Bleeding disorder
- Taking blood thinner or anticoagulants
- Eye injury
Red spot due to high blood pressure is accompanied by headache. In such cases it is important to consult your doctor.
Symptoms of Red spot in Eye:
Red spot in eye is painless and most people identify the red spot only after looking at a mirror or when other people point it out. Here are the symptoms of red spot in eye:
- A red area or patch on the white portion of the eye
- Sometimes the entire white portion may become red
- No external bleeding from the eyes
- Vision is not affected in any way
Remedies for Red spot in Eye:
The red spot in eye usually fades away in 1 to 2 weeks without any treatment. However, if it does not resolve within that period, you should consult your doctor. Red spot due to eye injury, high blood pressure or bleeding disorder requires treatment. In most cases, red spot resolves by itself.