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?
In addition to asking detailed questions about the eye injury an ophthalmologist would perform a thorough eye examination. A test to check visual acuity or clarity and eye pressure is usually performed and a doctor would use a slit lamp to look inside the eye.
HOW IS HYPHEMA TREATED?
Bed rest and abstaining from strenuous physical activity is advised. The doctor might prescribe eye drops to reduce the inflammation or to dilate the eye to reduce pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
If Hyphema is left untreated, it can cause permanent vision problems.