Blood accumulating inside the front of the eye is known as a hyphema. This occurs between the iris (the coloured part of the eye) and the cornea (the transparent window with a dome shape at the front of the eye). The iris and pupil may be partially or completely covered in blood (the round, dark circle in the middle of your eye). Your vision in that eye may be partially or completely clouded if you have a hyphema.

Typically, an injury that tears the eye’s iris or pupil results in a hyphema. Sometimes individuals confuse a hyphema with a damaged blood artery in the front of the eye. Subconjunctival haemorrhage is a frequent, painless condition where a blood vessel in the eye bursts. A subconjunctival haemorrhage does not hurt. A hyphema, though, is usually painful. A hyphema must be carefully treated in order to prevent long-term vision issues.

Hyphema is typically brought on by eye damage resulting during sports or accidents. Other, less frequent causes of hyphema include aberrant blood vessels on the surface of the iris, herpes virus infections of the eyes, issues with blood clotting, issues with contact lenses used to treat cataracts, and very infrequently, eye cancer.

It is crucial to use protective eyewear because sports-related injuries account for the majority of hyphemas. Sports-related injuries, particularly those involving small balls like racquetballs, can result in serious eye issues. In addition to hyphema, these wounds can result in blindness by causing cataracts, retinal detachments, and glaucoma. Consult an ophthalmologist right away if your eye suffers.

Hyphema symptoms include eye pain, sensitivity to light, bleeding in the front of the eye, and blurred, cloudy, or blocked vision.

Your eye will be thoroughly examined by an ophthalmologist to identify a hyphema. Your vision will be evaluated by them. Your eye’s internal pressure and temperature

The ophthalmologist may occasionally request a CT scan. The bones that make up your eye sockets and other facial bones are examined during this scan to determine their health.

The ophthalmologist may advise you to put a specific shield over your eye to safeguard it depending on what he or she discovers when evaluating your hyphema. reduce your physical activities or stay in bed and rest. Raise your bed’s head to allow your eye to drain, and visit your ophthalmologist frequently so they can monitor your recovery and eye pressure. To reduce the swelling inside of your eye and to relieve any pain or discomfort, he or she may prescribe eye drops.

You could be advised not to take aspirin by your ophthalmologist since it can increase bleeding. Your ophthalmologist may occasionally advise you to go to the hospital so that your eye can receive regular treatment and examinations.

If the hyphema makes your eye pressure rise too high, it can lead to glaucoma or damage your cornea. If this happens, you may need surgery to remove the excess blood or eye drops for treatment.

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