Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

  • Medical Author:
    Andrew A. Dahl, MD, FACS

    Andrew A. Dahl, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist. Dr. Dahl's educational background includes a BA with Honors and Distinction from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, and an MD from Cornell University, where he was selected for Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He had an internal medical internship at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center.

  • Medical Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

How do health-care professionals diagnose a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

A health-care provider will take a medical history and medication history to determine what events were leading up to the subconjunctival hemorrhage and will also perform an examination. Vital signs including blood pressure may also be checked.

If trauma was the cause, a more thorough examination will usually be performed.

In newborn infants, subconjunctival hemorrhage can occasionally be found as a result of the birth process.

What specialists treat a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

Your primary-care provider or ophthalmologist can make the diagnosis. That physician can also order tests if you have a recent history of easy bruising.

Are there home remedies for a subconjunctival hemorrhage?

Because of the benign nature of most subconjunctival hemorrhage, there is no need for home remedies.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/16/2016

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