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?
Ophthalmologists may conduct a complete physical examination and evaluate your symptoms. They may test your vision and check eye pressure. A slit lamp is used for examining inside of the eye. A CT scan may be ordered for checking for fracture of the socket.
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?
Hyphema is most often caused by trauma to the eye. Other causes of bleeding in the front chamber of the eye include:
Blood vessel abnormality
Cancer of the eye
Severe inflammation of the iris
Blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia