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?
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?
If the pressure in the eye increases there is a risk of vision loss and permanent eye damage.