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?
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.