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Your Bright Red Eyes May Also be Known as:
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Top 5 Bright Red Eyes Causes

  1. 1.Burst Blood Vessel in the Eye From Trauma

    A burst blood vessel in the eye can happen after trauma to the eye or the head, which causes a surface vein to pop.

    You do not need treatment for the eye redness itself. The redness seen on the eye is like a bruise - it will change colors and eventually go away on its own.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, head or face injury, bright red eyes
    Symptoms that always occur with burst blood vessel in the eye from trauma:
    eye redness, head or face injury
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Burst Blood Vessel in the Eye From High Blood Pressure

    A burst blood vessel in the eye can happen frequently in people with high blood pressure, which causes a surface vein to pop.

    You do not need treatment for the eye redness itself, but you should go see a doctor for your high blood pressure. A sudden very high blood pressure can potentially cause damage to other parts of the eye and other organs too. The redness seen on the eye is like a bruise - it will change colors and eventually go away on its own.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, head or face injury, bright red eyes
    Symptoms that always occur with burst blood vessel in the eye from high blood pressure:
    eye redness, head or face injury
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

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  3. 3.Eye - Socket (Orbital) Fracture

    The middle part of the face or around the eye is fragile. A strong force hitting the area can cause a fracture, which can often hurt the surrounding soft tissue, making it an emergency to diagnose and treat.

    You should go to the ER immediately by car. There, a careful exam by the doctor and imaging (typically CT) can confirm the diagnosis. Treatment involves setting the fractured area to avoid further injury. You will possibly need surgery and antibiotics. You should NOT blow your nose, which would possibly worsen the injury.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    eye pain from an injury, recent eye injury, swelling of the eye area, bruised eye, eye numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with eye-socket (orbital) fracture:
    eye pain from an injury, recent eye injury
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Burst Blood Vessel in the Eye From Wearing Contacts

    A burst blood vessel in the eye can happen from wearing contacts because incompatibility of the lens with the eye. This could cause a surface vein to pop.

    You do not need treatment for the eye redness. The redness seen on the eye is like a bruise - it will change colors and eventually go away on its own.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, bright red eyes
    Symptoms that always occur with burst blood vessel in the eye from wearing contacts:
    eye redness
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  5. 5.Burst Blood Vessel in the Eye From Vomiting

    A burst blood vessel in the eye can happen after vomiting because the pressure in the abdomen, called valsalva, carries up into the eye to cause a surface vein to pop.

    You do not need treatment for the eye redness, but the cause of the vomiting should be thought about separately. The redness seen on the eye is like a bruise - it will change colors and eventually go away on its own.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, bright red eyes, vomiting
    Symptoms that always occur with burst blood vessel in the eye from vomiting:
    vomiting, eye redness
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Bright Red Eyes

  • Q.How long has your eye been red?
  • Q.Is your eye redness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Does light bother your eyes more than usual?

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Bright Red Eyes Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced bright red eyes have also experienced:

    • 3% Severe Fatigue
    • 3% Headache
    • 3% Congestion
  • People who have experienced bright red eyes had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Less Than a Week
    • 30% Less Than a Day
    • 12% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced bright red eyes were most often matched with:

    • 6% Burst Blood Vessel in the Eye From Trauma

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