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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Eye and Vision Care
Blood clot in eye
Yesterday, I noticed a fairly large blood clot in the inside corner of my eye. Can you suggest some reasons, and any thing that I can do? Thank you
This sounds like a subconjunctival hemorrhage. These can occur when pressure is exerted on the blood vessels by:
- heavy lifting
- or blunt injury.
Another more subtle cause is periodic spikes in blood pressure. Make sure that you know your blood pressure range and see your primary care doctor for appropriate care as needed. Finally, taking substances that thin the blood can cause "bleeders" to occur unprovoked, such as:
- platelet aggregation inhibitors (Plavix or Ticlid)
- garlic (supplement)
- or steroids
to name a few.
Cynthia Gale Heard, OD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University