What does it mean if the white part of my eye is bleeding? What do I do?

Sometimes when a patient bleeds from the white part of their eyes (sclera) it can mean irritation or inflammation of the iris (the coloured part of your eye). While this is a serious condition it is not very common. 

It can also mean there is bleeding under the conjunctiva (the layer that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid). This is quite common and is caused by either hard coughing, strenuous activity or rubbing of the eyes.  

Regardless of what might be causing the bleeding, I recommend an eye exam with your optometrist to make sure it’s nothing serious.

If you don’t have an optometrist, feel free to use our Find a Doctor tool to locate one near you. 

All the best, 

Dr. Anita  Gallo, OD