Hyphema

Hyphema

Hyphema is bleeding within the front chamber of the eye, between the iris and cornea. This is usually caused by a direct impact to the eye from a blunt object.

Symptoms of a hyphema

Blood may be seen in the front of the eye. The patient will have partially, or sometimes fully, impaired vision with pain which increases as the pressure from bleeding increases.

Causes

A hyphema is usually caused by an impact to the eye from a blunt object. Examples include punches to the eye, falls or being hit with a ball or other flying object.

Treatment

Seek medical attention asap. In most cases, the blood will be reabsorbed, however, to achieve this the following guidelines may be recommended by your Doctor. Rest with the head elevated and try to move as little as possible. Avoid medicines containing aspirin as this thins the blood and may increase bleeding.

Your doctor may prescribe Atropine or steroid drops. Wear an eye patch to protect the eye. The doctor will regularly check the eye for progress. You will need regular check-ups for several weeks and annual check-ups for glaucoma.

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