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Bleeding in the eye. Blood from a ruptured blood vessel has escaped below the conjunctiva, the delicate mucous membrane that covers the eye. The patient was taking warfarin, which prevents the blood from coagulating and increases the likelihood of spontaneous bleeds. Sub-conjunctival haemorrhage may also occur following minor injury to the eye or after vigorous nose- blowing. It may also occur in conditions of conjunctivitis, iritis, and glaucoma. The condition is usually painless and heals itself.
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