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5 Potential Bright Red Eyes Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  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.

    1-3 weeks

    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.

    1-3 weeks

    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.

    Surgery may be necessary. Outcome depends on the severity of the injury

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling of the eye area, recent eye injury, eye pain from an injury, bruised eye, recent injury from a fall
    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.

    1-3 weeks

    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.

    1-3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vomiting, eye redness, bright red eyes
    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.Does light bother your eyes more than usual?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you feel like there is something in your eye?
  • Q.Do your eyelids feel sticky?

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Bright Red Eyes Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 5% Feeling of Something in the Eye
    • 2% Pain in One Eye
    • 2% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • People who have experienced bright red eyes had symptoms persist for:

    • 41% Less Than a Week
    • 34% Less Than a Day
    • 10% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced bright red eyes were most often matched with:

    • 6% Burst Blood Vessel in the Eye From Trauma
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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