Though most blood clots in the eyes will be reabsorbed by the body within two weeks, a clot which bursts a blood vessel can cause blurred, double or reduced vision. Any sudden loss of vision should be investigated by a physician immediately. Most clots, however, are caused by an injury to the eye, high blood pressure, straining of the eye, forceful coughing or sneezing, or an eye infection. Dissolving minor blood clots with herbs and nutritional supplements that lightly thin the blood and relax blood vessels is a non-medical treatment option.
Dissolve Minor Clots with Heat, Herbs and Exercise
Prepare a hot compress by dipping a facecloth in hot water. Place the hot towel in a plastic bag and lay it across your eyelid. Repeat five to seven times per day.
Take one 60 mg capsule of Bilberry up to four times per day. Bilberry helps maintain flexibility in blood vessels, which increases circulation. Bilberry also thins the blood and reduces blood stickiness. It is reported to help improve visual acuity and alleviate night blindness as well.
Make a cup of Sassafras tea and drink it. Sassafras is considered a tonic which purifies blood and helps dissolve clots.
Take fish oil or flaxseed oil capsules. Each is high in Omega 3 Essential Fatty acids which reduce platelet stickiness to break up existing clots and prevent the body from forming new ones.
Stir fry two or three cloves of whole garlic and eat them daily. Garlic is an anticoagulant and is used to break up fresh blood clots. Stir frying will help eliminate garlic breath and the strong garlic aftertaste.
Walk briskly for 30-45 minutes per day. Regular cardiovascular exercise helps improve overall blood circulation and help dissolve and prevent blood clots. Dancing, bike riding, roller skating, cardio training equipment, or swimming are other low-impact options for aerobic exercise.
A blood clot (subconjunctival hemorrhage) is unsightly but generally harmless. Avoid smoking until the blood clot clears. Cigarette smoking is reported to be a contributor to clot thickening, which makes them more difficult to dissolve. Reduce close computer work and long hours of watching television until the clot in your eye is gone.
If you notice a discharge from your eye, or experience a change in vision or have difficulty seeing, make an appointment with an ophthalmologist immediately.