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Question:
I had a subconjunctival hemorrhage about a year ago. From what I have noticed, the red eye seemed to heal on its own. However, there is still a reddish-brown spot appearing after the eye healed. Is it possible to get rid of this lingering spot?       

Answer:
Subconjunctival hemorrhage is an alarming looking but benign bright red blob on the white part of the eye—they can be very small, or take up all the of the white part. They are usually spontaneous but can be caused by blood-thinning medicine, sneezing, trauma or vomiting, Depending on how large they are, they will clear completely in one to four weeks. The reddish-brown spot one year later is not related to the subconjunctival hemorrhage. It's just that you noticed it because the subconjunctival hemorrhage made you inspect your sclera more closely.  You didn't mention your age or background, but dark spots on the white part of the eye occur naturally as we get older (like age spots on the skin), and are much more common in darker pigmented people. Do make an appointment with your Eye M.D. to have this spot inspected. Very rarely, a pigmented spot—like anywhere else on your body—can be a sign of cancer.

Answered by: Anne Sumers, MD Dr. Anne Sumers 

Categories: General Eye Health

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