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Subconjuctival Haemorrhages occur when there is bleeding into the tissue beneath the outer membrane of the eye. They appear as a bright red area that is localised to the white part of the front of the eye. Subconjuctival Haemorrhages can be caused by very trivial injury to the eye, such as rubbing the eyes during sleep or an accidental finger in the eye and also by an increase in the pressure of the blood vessels in the eye which can result from straining, coughing and sneezing.

There should be no impairment of vision in the eye and the only symptoms should be a mild discomfort around the eye. If there is significant pain or any impairment in vision, there is a risk that there is more extensive damage to the eye and you should contact your Health Care Professional for advice.


No treatment is required for Subconjuctival Haemorrhages. Provided that there is no accompanying eye damage and the red area disappears over about 10-14 days. Depending on the extent of the bleeding.

Helpful Vitamins/minerals/herbs for the eye

  • Vitamins and minerals may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate. Always stay on the medication prescribed by your Doctor.
  • Choline and inositol are important B vitamins for the eyes and brain. Lecithin is a good source of choline and inositol.
  • Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that may protect the lens of the eye.
  • For instance Vitamin A is needed for eyesight.
  • Vitamin E and taurine have antioxidant properties that may help protect the lens and other eye tissues.

Contact your Health Care Professional if:

  • A Subconjuctival Haemorrhage is causing any impairment to vision or significant pain.
  • The Subconjuctival Haemorrhage is large in area, as this may indicate further eye damage.- You develop Subconjuctival Haemorrhages that are not associated with any trauma to the eye, sneezing, straining or coughing, as this may be a sign of hypertension (high blood pressure).


DISCLAIMER: This information is an educational aid only. It may not intended to replace medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. However, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, nurse or naturopath before following any medical regimen to see whether it is safe and effective for you.