bleeding of the eye

Have You Ever Had the White of an Eye Blood Shot?

I remember several years ago when the white of my mom’s left eye became red (bloodshot). Her eye doctor said she had a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage, which means that mom burst a tiny blood vessel on her eye and not to be too concerned about, as it will go away within a week. I had her take the Homeopathic Remedies Arnica Montana 200c and Phosphorus 200c in 2 separate Remedy Solution Bottles 2 times a day with 10 succussions. I also asked if she hit her eye or the left side of her face or if anything else happened that day. She told me she had gotten sawdust in her eye at work, (she was a carpenter and worked with my dad), and was rubbing her eye a lot. Repeatedly rubbing her eye caused one of her tiny blood vessels to burst. The eye doctor saw nothing in her eye, such as sawdust.

The next day, the redness of her eye was 50% better. The next day, she took 2 more doses of Arnica 200c and Phosphorus 200c with 10 succussions. By the 3rd day, the redness of the eye was completely gone.

3 Main Types of Eye Bleeding

Bleeding can occur inside or on your eye, depending on where your eye is bleeding. In most cases, the bleeding of the eye will only be in 1 eye unless you have an underlying health condition, or are on medication that is causing you to have bleeding of the eye.

  1. Is when the bleeding is on the white of your eye (Sclera).

Bleeding occurs on the eye when a broken blood vessel is underneath the outer tissues of the eye (conjunctiva). You may see redness, a red spot(s), or bloodshot on your Sclera (the white of the eye). Subconjunctival Hemorrhage is a common type of eye bleeding and is usually harmless and clears up quickly.

Symptoms of Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

  • Redness on the White of the Eye (Sclera)
  • Eye is Irritated or Feels Scratched
  • Fullness Feeling in the Eye


What Can Cause Subconjunctival Hemorrhage?

  • Coughing, Sneezing, Vomiting
  • Rubbing or Scratching Your Eye Too Hard
  • Trauma, or Injury to Your Eye or Near Your Eye
  • Straining, Lifting Something Heavy
  • High blood pressure
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Asthma or Whooping Cough in Children
  • Medications – Blood Thinners and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Natural Supplements – Vitamin E, Evening Primrose


Bleeding Behind the Eye May Be a Sign of Diabetes

My client consulted with me about the bleeding behind her right eye. During her yearly eye exam, her doctor told her she had a slight bleed in the back of the eye. The blood vessels behind the eye that feed the retina have broken; she has a Vitreous Hemorrhage. The doctor suggested she have bloodwork done to check her glucose and A1C levels. This kind of bleeding behind the eye is usually a sign of Diabetes, especially since she did not have any trauma to the eye. Fortunately, my client has no other symptoms of Vitreous Hemorrhage, such as floaters, seeing dark spots, or blurred vision. My client asked me if a Homeopathic Remedy can be taken to help with the bleeding; there is no other treatment other than waiting several months for the bleeding to stop.

After asking my client a few questions, I recommended the Homeopathic Remedy Phosphorus 200c to be taken once a day with 10 succussions. I told my client that since she has no symptoms, we will not know how well Phosphorus is working until she has another eye exam scheduled in 3 months. I also stated if her glucose and A1C were high or on the high end of the range, she would have me get a complete health history on her to select a 6c Homeopathic Remedy to address any signs of high blood sugar symptoms, which will also help address the bleeding behind the eye too. My client’s blood test showed her glucose and A1C were on the high end of the range. After taking my client’s health history, I selected the Homeopathic Remedy Calcarea Carbonica 6c to be taken at bedtime with 10 succussions. My client reported 3 months later that the eye bleeding is minimal now. The doctor wants her to have another eye exam in 3 months, and the doctor thinks the bleeding will be gone by then. I had my client continue taking Calcarea Carbonica 6c and Phosphorus 200c at bedtime.

  • Intraocular Hemorrhage – Occurs when you have bleeding inside your eye from any part of the eye where there are blood vessels (i.e., the anterior chamber, vitreous cavity, retina, choroid, suprachoroidal space, or optic disc). The bleeding can occur from a trauma to the eye or a health condition such as diabetes. Intraocular hemorrhages are selected according to the location of the eye where it is bleeding. Hyphema – Anterior Chamber (the front part of the eye between the cornea and the iris) and the Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage – Occurs when blood from the long or short ciliary arteries fills within the space between the choroid and the sclera.
  1. Hyphema – Is when bleeding is in the anterior chamber of the eye. The blood collects behind your cornea (the outermost layer of your eye) and your iris (the colored part of your eye).


Symptoms of Hyphema

  • Blood inside Your Eye
  • Blurry or Distorted Vision
  • Eye Pain
  • Blood in Front of the Iris, Pupil, or Both
  • May not be Noticeable Bleeding when the Hyphema is Very Small
  • Cloudiness in the Eye
  • Sensitivity to Light


What Can Cause Hyphema?

Hyphema usually resolves within a few days on its own. However, severe bleeding inside the eye can cause blindness.

  • Injury to the Eye or a tear in the iris or pupil, usually from a sports injury (i.e., Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, or Paintball)
  • Airbags going off during a car accident 
  • Eye Infections (Herpes Virus)
  • Abnormal Blood Vessels on the Iris
  • Blood Clotting Problem
  • Complications after Eye Surgery
  • Cancer of the Eye
  • Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage – This is rare and complicated eye bleeding that occurs from a rupture of long or short ciliary arteries into the suprachoroidal space between the choroid (a network of blood vessels between the retina and the sclera). The bleeding usually occurs with a history of Glaucoma, complicated eye surgery, excessive vomiting, or after a trauma.
  • Deeper Eye Bleeding Is when the bleeding occurs deeper inside the eye or at the back of your eye, such as in the Vitreous, Retina, or Macula. The bleeding is not seen on the surface, though you may have some eye redness. It occurs from damaged or broken blood vessels, or other complications can cause the inside of the eyeball to bleed. The most common Deeper Eye Bleeding is the Vitreous Hemorrhage.


Common Symptoms of Deeper Eye Bleeding

  • Blurred Vision
  • Floaters
  • Photopsia – Seeing Flashes of Light
  • Your Vision has a Reddish Tint
  • You Feel a Pressure or Fullness in the Eye
  • Eye Swelling
  1. Vitreous Hemorrhage – Is when there is bleeding in the main chamber of the eyeball called the Vitreous Cavity, (filled with clear jelly fluid), which clouds your eye’s view. A clear vitreous allows light to travel through to the back wall of your eye and the retina, where it can be interpreted as images. The bleeding usually comes from the blood vessels that feed the retina at the back of the eye; often, a complication of diabetes (a growth of abnormal vessels in the eye becomes weak and can break open, then can bleed into the vitreous. The bleeding of the eye can clear up on its own within several months.

Other Causes of Vitreous Hemorrhage

  • Bleeding from Tears in the Retina
  • Trauma to Your Eye
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Damaged Blood Vessels Behind Your Eye
  • Eye Surgery, Especially if it occurs Inside the Eye


Homeopathic Remedies for Bleeding of the Eyes

The Homeopathic Remedy works by addressing why the eye is bleeding and, in doing so, will also absorb the blood. Select a 30c or 200c Homeopathic Remedy according to the symptoms you are experiencing 1-3 times a day to acutely address your eye bleeding.

  • Arnica Montana – Use when you have eye bleeding from an injury, whether on (Subconjunctival Hemorrhage) or inside your eye (Hyphema, Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage, or Vitreous Hemorrhage).
  • Bothrops Lanceolatus – Selected for bleeding on the eye (Subconjunctival Bleeding) and can be used for bleeding inside the eye (Retinal Bleeding). Can have blindness from bleeding into the retina.
  • Cactus Grandiflorus – The eye is bloodshot (Subconjunctival Bleeding).
  • Conium Maculatum – Vitreous Hemorrhage with red tint vision.
  • Crotalus Horridus – Selected to absorb the bleeding of the vitreous of a Vitreous Hemorrhage. It is also used for retinal bleeding, (Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage,) or bleeding of the eyes after a stroke.
  • Hamamelis Virginiana – Selected for bloodshot eyes. It can be used in conjunction with another Homeopathic Remedy that addresses why the eye is bleeding. Hamamelis will hasten the absorption of the blood in Intraocular Hemorrhage, especially for a Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage (retina bleeding).
  • Lachesis Muta – For Intraocular Hemorrhages with bleeding of the retina (Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage).
  • Ledum Palustre – Trauma to the eye causing the eye to become bloodshot or bruised, such as in a Subconjunctival Hemorrhage, Hyphema, or Vitreous Hemorrhage. Hyphema bleeding of the anterior chamber of the eye after an iridectomy (a procedure to remove part of the iris). It can also help retinal bleeding (Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage).
  • Phosphorus – Selected for bleeding of the eyes, whether it is on the eye or inside of the eye, especially of the retina (Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage) or from trauma to the eye.
  • Sulphuricum Acidum – Selected for Intraocular Hemorrhage (Hyphema) from a trauma. Also, it can be used for retinal bleeding (Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage).


Health Conditions Can Cause Bleeding of the Eye

  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Hemophilia
  • Von Willebrand Disease
  • Sickle Cell Disease


Addressing Your Health Condition that is Causing Bleeding of the Eye

When you have bleeding of the eye, you can address the bleeding Acutely with a 30c Homeopathic Remedy taken daily to stop the bleeding. However, when a health condition is causing the bleeding of the eye, you want to have your health history taken to select a 6c Homeopathic Remedy for the underlying health condition. You will take the 6c Homeopathic Remedy to address the symptoms of your health condition, along with what caused you to develop the health condition (i.e., relationship(s), work, financial).


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About the Author: Virangini Cindy

Virangini Cindy Rounsaville, C. Hom., is a homeopathic health consultant and educator who has been involved with homeopathy since the early 1980's. She has studied the field extensively with internationally known homeopath and author Dr. Robin Murphy, N.D., among others. She began teaching and consulting in 1983 and, along with her late father Louis Dion, C. Hom. began a homeopathic study group in Hunterdon County, NJ to help people learn and use homeopathy in their daily lives. Virangini Cindy works closely with medical doctors, chiropractors, and other homeopathic and holistic practitioners. She has incorporated Rasavidya Medical Astrology (different than regular astrology) into her practice as well. Having practiced QiGong since the 1980's, she uses medical QiGong poses alongside the medical astrology to help individuals with life issues and chakra balancing.