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Red spots inside eye

06/17/2008

Question:

i had an eye exam yesterday. looking at my picture the doctor found red spots inside my left eye. the dr. ask me if i have high blood pressure, diabetes or have given blood lately. the answer to all is no. what causes red spots inside the eye?

Answer:

Most likely the red spots are retinal hemorrhages. Common etiologies entail systemic vascular conditions such as:

Less likely etiologies could entail trauma, infectious, and or viral conditions. In some cases the hemorrhages are idiopathic, meaning the etiology remains unknown.

Please talk with your doctor and gather more information regarding the specific diagnosis. Further check to see if a visit to your general practitioner is warranted to rule out associated systemic conditions. Best of luck to you.

Kind Regards,

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Response by:

Melissa M Walters, OD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University