Blood in the Eye (Hyphema) Symptoms & Causes

In-Depth

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.

What causes a hyphema?

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.

What are the symptoms of a hyphema?

Symptoms of hyphema include blood that’s visible in the eye following some type of trauma to the eye or surrounding area.

Because the symptoms of hyphema may resemble other eye conditions or medical problems, you should always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.