A red spot on the white of your eye can be quite disturbing but it may not be a medical emergency in many cases, assure ophthalmologists. In a majority, the red spot on the eye develops when blood gets collected under conjunctiva due to a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

Red spot on eye

Conjunctiva is a transparent membrane covering the outer surface of the eye. It is made up of one or more tiny blood vessels that can break or leak due to a sudden spike in pressure.

Red spot can develop for anyone at any age, as the tiny blood vessels in the eyes are very fragile, can be easily broken and it presents with no other symptoms like pain or itchiness. A red spot on the or subconjunctival hemorrhage develops due to increased blood pressure and in most of the cases, an individual will not realize it until they look in a mirror.

Some Of The Common Causes Of Red Spot

Sneezing

Coughing

Vomiting

Intense physical strain

Eye injury or allergy reaction or infections

Rubbing the eye too hard

Other rare causes of subconjunctival hemorrhage are diabetes, hypertension, use of blood thinners and other medical conditions that result in bleeding.

Diabetic retinopathy can also result in a red spot on the eye, this happens when the blood vessels in eyes break due to high blood glucose levels. Blood from leaked vessels results in floaters or dark spots in the vision. People may not realize it until it affects their vision.

Diagnosis And Treatment

The doctor can typically diagnose subconjunctival hemorrhage by looking at it. A more comprehensive eye examination may be required to determine the underlying condition that causes a red spot.

A red spot on the eye is more likely to get healed on its own within a few days or weeks. Artificial tears or cool compression may be used to ease eye irritation. Doctors may also prescribe antibiotic eye drops if it is caused due to bacterial infection.

Treatment options for diabetic retinopathy include injectable medicine to lessen swelling, laser surgery and vitrectomy to remove the blood from the eye.

You can also try some of the home remedies to relieve symptoms and which can support healing:

Applying warm compression to lessen the irritation.

Applying cold compression to reduce swelling.

Avoid contact lens during the healing period.

Use artificial tears to soothe irritation and reduce dryness.