Hyphema (Blood in the Eye) | Diagnosis & Treatment

How is a hyphema diagnosed?

Diagnosis is usually made after a complete medical history and physical examination of your child's eye.

What are the treatment options for hyphema?

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.

Treatment may include:

  • eye drops
  • a patch over the affected eye
  • bed rest
  • a ban on reading to limit eye movement
  • elevating the head of your child's bed to about 40 degrees, which helps the body reabsorb the blood in the eye
  • daily checks of the pressure inside the eye

Can there be complications with a hyphema?

In some cases, the injury may bleed again. Other possible complications include:

  • Glaucoma or an increase in the pressure inside of the eye: If found, glaucoma must be closely monitored; increased pressure may cause loss of vision or blindness if untreated.
  • Loss of vision
  • Damage to different structures in the eye