A few weeks ago, Hairy and I went to see Moonrise Kingdom (which is awesome, bee tee dubs, see it!), and afterwards, we went to get a snack, and he freaked and said…
“YOUR EYE IS BLOODY!!!!! Like not red like an allergy but like BLOOD ON YOUR EYE. LOOK AT IT!!! LOOK ATTTTT ITTTT!!!”
This was interesting to me, because I felt no pain and had no change in my vision. But I was also SCARED to look at it because he made it sound SO SCARRRRRY.
I wanted to share this with you so you don’t FREAK THE EFF OUT if this happens to you! The only reason I didn’t freak the eff out was because I knew this had happened to my mom before, so now that you know it has happened to ME before, you can calm down a little.
So it’s not really call Explodey Eye, but subconjunctival hemorrhage. It’s when a tiny blood vessel on your eye bursts and leaks out underneath the surface and spreads all around. It takes a few weeks for the blood to get re-absorbed, so you look like you have a zombie disease for a while.
At the time, I didn’t really know if I had to go to the emergency room or make a doctor’s appointment or what, but the 24-hr nurse hotline said that there wasn’t much anybody could do about it, and to just let nature take its course, as long as there was no pain and no change in vision. If this happens to you, I would suggest you call your doctor of course, but I just wanted you to not be scared that your eyeball was going to fall out of your face.
The nurse also mentioned that anything tiny thing could make a blood vessel burst – accidentally poking yourself, sneezing, coughing, “BOWEL MOVEMENTS.” So if you don’t do any of those things, you’re set!
I am putting my photo behind a LINK in case you guys don’t like to get gross-out surprised. I tried to chart the changes in my eyeball every day, and then I got sort of bored of near the end, so you don’t get the full range to recover, but it’s pretty weird to watch the blood move around. Enjoy! Don’t run with the scissors.