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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is hyphema?

Hyphema is the presence of blood in the space between the cornea and the iris of your eye. The cornea is the clear layer that covers the front of your eye. It protects the iris (colored part of the eye) and pupil.

Eye Anatomy

What causes hyphema?

What are the signs and symptoms of hyphema?

How is hyphema diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and examine your eye. You may need any of the following:

How is hyphema treated?

Hyphema usually goes away on its own. You may need any of the following:

What are the risks of hyphema?

Your vision may not return to normal. The pressure in your eye may increase to high levels (glaucoma). The cornea may be stained with blood and cause blurring of vision. You may also develop numbness or loss of vision. You may have more bleeding in the eye.

How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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