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Retinal Hemorrhage

Vitreous hemorrhage is bleeding into the vitreous humor, the clear gel that fills the space between the retina and the lens of the eye. This condition may result directly from retinal tears or neovascularization of the retina, or it may be related to bleeding from preexisting blood vessels in these structures.

Risk Factors

  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • Recent ocular trauma, like vitreous detachment and/or retinal tear
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetic retinopathy

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  • Painless floaters, cobwebs, haze, or shadows in one or both eyes
  • Vision loss
  • Red tint to vision
  • Brief flashes of light in the peripheral vision


Patients with vitreous hemorrhage are normally advised to rest with the head elevated so that the blood can settle. It is also advised that blood thinning medications such as aspirin are not taken during this time. If the duration of the vitreous hemorrhage lasts more than 2-3 months, a vitrectomy may be performed to remove the blood in the vitreous.

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