When small, delicate blood vessels break beneath the tissue covering the white of the eye (conjunctiva), resulting in eye redness. The eye redness may mean that you have a subconjunctival hemorrhage.
Lubricant artificial tears can soothe the eyes, although eye drops cannot help repair the broken blood vessels.
If you are taking aspirin or blood thinners, continue taking them unless your doctor specifically instructs you to do otherwise.
Make sure not to rub your eye, which can increase the risk of re-bleeding right after onset — similar to how a nose bleed is susceptible to re-bleeding in the early stages.
In most cases, it takes 7 to 10 days for a subconjunctival hemorrhage to resolve on its own. As the blood gradually disappears with time, the affected area can change color, like a bruise.