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?
Mild Hyphema heals by itself within a week or so. Over the counter pain medication helps ease the pain. Eye drops may be prescribed for limiting any inflammation. An eye patch may be worn on the affected eye. The eye pressure should be checked daily. Sleeping in an elevated position helps body to absorb blood.
DID YOU KNOW?
If the pressure in the eye increases there is a risk of vision loss and permanent eye damage.