Hyphema is a medical condition characterized by the pooling of blood inside the anterior chamber of the eye. The blood may cover most or all of the iris and pupil, blocking vision partially or completely. Hyphema is an extremely painful condition that results in permanent loss of vision if left untreated. Symptoms are:
• Visible blood in front of eye
• Sensitivity to light
• Blurry or clouded vision
• In case of small Hyphema, blood may not be visible
HOW IS HYPHEMA DIAGNOSED?
An Ophthalmologist diagnoses Hyphema by conducting a physical examination, detailed eye check-up to examine the eye, and eye pressure check.
HOW IS HYPHEMA TREATED?
Treatment may not be needed in mild cases. The blood is absorbed in a few days. For severe conditions the following treatments may be recommended:
• eye drops
• patch over the affected eye
• bed rest
• limited eye movement
• head elevated at least 40 degrees when sleeping (to help body absorb blood)
• check eye pressure daily
DID YOU KNOW?
If Hyphema is left untreated, it can cause permanent vision problems.