A hyphema is when blood collects inside the front of the eye. This happens between the cornea and the iris. The blood may cover part or all of the iris and the pupil. The vision might be partly or totally blocked in that eye. A hyphema usually happens when an injury causes a tear to the iris or pupil of the eye.
HOW IS HYPHEMA DIAGNOSED?
The eye specialist will do a physical exam and ask for symptoms of the condition. The doctor may recommend the following tests and exams:
• Eye exam
• Intraocular pressure measurement (tonometry)
• Ultrasound testing
HOW IS HYPHEMA TREATED?
In most cases the treatment includes eye drops to help in clearing out the blood clotting or collection. The patient can be asked to wear patches, restrict turning the eye at certain angles and maintain healthy body pressure too.
DID YOU KNOW?
Any trauma to the eye can cause hyphema and it is important to wear eye protection especially when playing sports.