Blood in the Eye (Hyphema) in Children

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Overview

Hyphema refers to blood collecting in the anterior chamber of the eye, the front section of the eye's interior where fluid flows in and out and provides nourishment to the eye and surrounding tissues.

  • A hyphema is usually caused by a trauma to the eye, and blood is seen in the eyeball. This is a medical emergency, and immediate medical care is necessary.
  • Symptoms of hyphema include blood that’s visible in the eye following some type of trauma to the eye or surrounding area.
  • Most children with a hyphema are treated in an emergency room. A physician who specializes in comprehensive eye care, called an ophthalmologist, may also be involved in your child’s care.
  • In some cases, the eye will bleed again after treatment. Other complications include glaucoma, vision loss and damage to surrounding eye structures.
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