What is it?
Hyphaema is a medical condition whereby there is blood in the front part of the eye, between the cornea and the iris.
What are the causes?
- blunt trauma to the eye
- injury to the eye caused by a squash ball or champagne cork
- a punch to the eye
- eye surgery (occasionally)
What are the symptoms?
- a layer of settled blood in the front part of the eye
- the pupil of the affected eye is often irregular and poorly reactive
What are the treatments?
- rest in bed with your head elevated at a 30-to-40-degree angle
- steroid eye drops may be prescribed to prevent inflammation
- avoid physical exercise such as running and lifting heavy weights to prevent a rebleed
- dilating drop may be prescribed to restrict the movement of the iris