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Subconjunctival haemorrhage (bleeding in the white of your eye)

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Subconjunctival haemorrhageA subconjunctival (sub-con-junc-ti-val) haemorrhage happens when tiny blood vessels between the clear surface (the conjunctiva) and the white of your eye (the sclera) burst. It's harmless, although it can look alarming.

Several things can cause a subconjunctival haemorrhage, including:

A subconjunctival haemorrhage doesn't hurt and doesn't affect your vision.

It doesn't need treatment and it will usually clear up by itself in about two weeks.

See your general practice team if you have a subconjunctival haemorrhage and you:

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed March 2023.

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