When small blood vessels underneath the eye rupture, it is referred to as a subconjunctival, or retinal, hemorrhage. This can happen to anyone at any age, but occurs most often in babies suffering from trauma due to a stressful delivery. Most often, the pressure of the birth canal bursts some of the small blood vessels in an infant’s head, resulting in subconjunctival hemorrhage. Extraction tools such as forceps or a vacuum extractor may also increase the risk of an infant experiencing eye hemorrhaging.
In most cases, this condition resolves itself over a period of a few weeks. If left unmonitored and untreated, however, the baby may experience future sight complications. If your baby’s condition was unaddressed by medical professionals and resulted in further problems and injuries, talk to a birth injury attorney in Baltimore by calling Murphy, Falcon & Murphy.
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A subconjunctival hemorrhage appears as a bright red or dark red patch in the whites of an infant’s eye. It usually appears within a few hours of, if not immediately following, delivery. Over the next 24 hours, severity of the redness may increase, but will eventually taper off. During the healing process, the eye may turn yellow before turning white again. This is a normal part of healing.
If the infant has experienced a subconjunctival hemorrhage, tests are typically performed to ensure that the baby has not also endured more serious cranial damages resulting in cerebral palsy or developmental disorders.
Consider the following if your baby has suffered from subconjunctival hemorrhage:
If additional tests indicate no further medical complications have occurred, your physician may prescribe a gentle artificial tears solution to minimize any redness or pain the infant may be experiencing.
If your baby’s vision has been permanently impacted by a subconjunctival hemorrhage, or if further serious injuries were overlooked due to a physician’s neglect, don’t hesitate to contact Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Our Baltimore firm has successfully represented the families of birth injury victims and obtained multi-million dollar settlements on their behalf. Our attorneys have a reputation for tireless advocacy and innovative legal strategies, and we are determined to fight for your rights.
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