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Hyphema is bleeding between the coloured part of the eye (iris) and the cornea. The cornea is the outer clear tissue that covers the iris and pupil. Hyphema is often caused by a blunt injury to the face or eye.
Because this is a serious injury, your child will need to see an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) right away. This doctor will likely check your child's eye each day or week for several visits. Then your child will see the doctor less often over the next several weeks.
Your child may have vision changes. There may be mild pain or no pain. Your child will need to wear an eye shield. Have your child rest at home as much as possible. If this treatment doesn't work, your child may need surgery or a hospital stay.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: October 12, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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