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



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