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Hyphema is bleeding between the coloured part of your eye (iris) and the cornea. The cornea is the outer clear tissue that covers your iris and pupil. Hyphema is usually caused by a blunt injury to the face or eye.
Because this is a serious injury, you will need to see an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) right away. Your doctor will probably need to check your eye daily or weekly for several visits, then less often over the next several weeks.
You may have vision changes, mild pain, or no pain. You will need to wear an eye shield and rest at home as much as possible. If this treatment doesn't work, you may need surgery or a hospital stay.
Follow-up care is a key part of your 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 you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you 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 health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 9, 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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