Understanding the Harmless Red Spot on the Eye After Lasik

Boy with Red Spot on Eye

Dr. Andrew Holzman can perform a LASIK procedure that minimizes your risk of side effects and allows for a smooth recovery period. Although it is not common, some patients may develop an innocuous red spot on the eye after LASIK. To learn more about this condition, contact our Washington, DC, area practice today. Our staff members are happy to speak with you about this and other aspects of your LASIK procedure, or to set up your appointment with Dr. Holzman.

We are proud to say that the incidence of subconjunctival hemorrhage among our patients is very low.

Subconjunctival Hemorrhage: A Harmless Condition

The red spot that some patients develop after their LASIK procedure is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage (bleeding under the conjunctiva). This condition does not pose any health risk, and will have no effect on the results of your LASIK procedure. In fact, a subconjunctival hemorrhage is a superficial issue, and it does not last for long.

The conjunctiva is the thin, moist, clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. This protective layer of the eye has a network of nerves and very small blood vessels. These blood vessels are delicate and prone to breaking, which can result in a subconjunctival hemorrhage. In addition to LASIK, the conjunctival blood vessels may rupture due to:

  • Heavy sneezing
  • Heavy coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Heavy lifting
  • Rubbing the eye
  • Trauma to the eye
  • Severe eye infection

How Do I Know I Have It?

Most patients realize they have this condition when they look in the mirror. They may find that the white part of their eye carries a bright red spot.

How Long Does It Last?

A subconjunctival hemorrhage is like a bruise on the skin; it will resolve on its own when the body absorbs the blood. Compared to the skin and other parts of the body, it takes the conjunctiva a little longer to absorb the blood. Generally, the blood will remain trapped under the transparent conjunctiva for a week or two before the red spot goes away.

How Do I Treat It?

Since the body will absorb the blood, no treatment is necessary. It is simply a matter of waiting. If you are having other side effects from your LASIK procedure, such as dry or itchy eyes, you may want to use eyedrops and other therapies approved by your doctor to improve your comfort level.

Reducing the Risk

Before you enter the surgical suite, Dr. Holzman has his team will prepare your eye for surgery. During this preparation, you will be given a series of three drops of Naphcon A. This medication helps to reduce the risk of developing subconjunctival hemorrhage. With this precautionary step and our years of experience in performing LASIK, we are proud to say that the incidence of subconjunctival hemorrhage among our patients is very low.

Learn More about Subconjunctival Hemorrhage & LASIK Recovery

Dr. Holzman has performed over 55,000 vision correction procedures in his career. With this level of expertise, he can help you achieve excellent results, and reduce the risk of side effects like subconjunctival hemorrhage. To learn more, reach out to our practice today.

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