A subconjunctival hemorrhage is characterized by red, flat discoloration due to bleeding from the small blood vessels that run through the conjunctiva. The most common cause for spontaneous subconjunctival hemorrhage is idiopathic in nature; the condition is painless, clearing itself within 7 to 14 days. In a few cases, the redness may be associated with bleeding disorders, the use of anticoagulants, conjunctivitis, scleritis, or trauma to the eye. Warm compresses may be useful in symptomatic relief. Treatment involves the identification and appropriate management of the underlying cause.[1,5,7]
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