Burst Blood Vessel in Eye? If So, Medical Attention Needed?

I recently went on vacation with only one set of contact lenses, and one of them tore. I also had my glasses, but I continued to wear my contacts for much of each day because the discomfort was minimal and the contacts were more convenient for wearing sunglasses while driving, wearing goggles while swimming, etc.

When I arrived home (this was just a three-day trip), I found that my left eye had a bright blood-red spot. It's been like this for a few days now.

[Image](http://i.imgur.com/HzO48ZE.jpg)

Is this something that will likely heal on its own, or should I immediately run to an optometrist?

Extra info: I'm an uninsured American, so I really want to avoid a doctor's visit if possible (Yes, I know I could've bought insurance for the price of a vacation. I'm a low-paid college instructor who's only insured for 10 months out of the year. I usually buy insurance to cover the gap, but I rarely need to visit doctors and I knew I'd have an expensive summer, so I thought I'd save the money and risk it this time).

Thanks in advance!

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Thanks a bunch. That's also what I've come up with by looking at WebMD etc. I will definitely visit a doctor of it gets worse, but if it's simply a burst vessel, the websites say it should heal on its own.

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I am not a doctor.

This happened to an acquaintance of mine once when he held in a sneeze. I'm not 100% sure what he did to treat it, but I remember him saying his doctor told him he had to wait for it to go away. He could have very well just done nothing, and Google searches affirm this.

In your case, you had put a foreign object in your eye that caused the burst. I'd think the eye would heal on its own, and you'd be better off not using contact lenses until a while (like a couple of weeks?) after it seems to have healed.

Ultimately though, let's hope a doctor on here responds. I have a feeling that you'll be fine, but you're still better safe than sorry and might want to get it checked out.

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It looks like a small subconjunctival hemorrhage. Should be fine and clear up on its own. If you have vision changes, vertigo, or headaches, or if the bleeding worsens you should go see a doctor immediately.

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Thanks a lot. That was my guess (based on internet searches), but it's good to hear confirmation.

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