Hyphema is a collection of blood inside the anterior chamber of the eye i.e. the space between the cornea and the iris. When the blood covers most or all of the iris and the pupil, it leads to Hyphema, which blocks the vision completely or partially. The symptoms and signs of Hyphema include pain in the eye, sensitivity to light, blurry vision, visible blood in the front of the eye, and many more.
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?
Treatment may not be needed in mild cases. The blood is absorbed in a few days. For severe conditions the following treatments may be recommended:
• eye drops
• patch over the affected eye
• bed rest
• limited eye movement
• head elevated at least 40 degrees when sleeping (to help body absorb blood)
• check eye pressure daily
DID YOU KNOW?
Complications of Hyphema result in permanent vision loss