When the optic nerve bleeds

In a glaucomatous eye, a disc hemorrhage is a sign of trouble, indicating that the glaucoma is active and progression is likely.   However, disc hemorrhages can also occur in diabetic or hypertensive patients.   A disc hemorrhage is a sign of damage rather than something that is treated.   Identifying the systemic cause is important, so blood work-up and full physical examination are recommended.  Disc hemes usually go away on their own, within four months.