Consultant Ophthalmologist,
Cataract & Refractive Surgeon

BMedSci BM BS MRCS MRCSEd MRCOpth FRCOphth MMedLaw PgD Cataract & Refractive Surgery

Subconjunctival Haemorrhage

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Vision?

Normal

Stickiness?

No

Laterality?

Unilateral

Pain?

No, but there may be slight ache coinciding with the onset of the haemorrhage.

Visual acuity?

Normal

Where is the redness?

Redness is solid, due to blood rather than the engorged vessels seen in actual conjunctival injection. Redness may be localised or diffuse.

Stain on cornea?

No

Pupil?

Normal

Is the cornea clear?

Yes

Conjunctival appearance?

Flat and blood red. If the subconjunctival haemorrhage is marked, it may cause the conjunctiva to ‘balloon’ forward.