A bright red eye can be dramatic and often causes concern. Certainly it can be a conjunctivitis (eye infection), but very often, particularly as we get older or if we are on blood thinners like aspirin or Coumadin, it is something benign, non-worrisome, and more dramatic appearing.
Looking much like a piece of red coral in an piece of Native American Indian Jewelry, subconjunctival hemorrhage is present. This is caused by a small capillary rupture in the clear tissue that covers and protects the sclera (white of the eye). Vision is not impaired in any way, and this condition will resolve on it’s own and does not require a doctor’s visit. If you develop this and are unsure, e-mail me a picture to confirm the diagnosis, but know that this is not something that is a concern.