Hyphema is blood in the front (anterior) chamber of the eye. This is located between the clear front part of the eye (cornea) and the colored part of the eye (iris). This section is where fluid flows in and out. The fluid gives nourishment to the eye and tissues around it.
Blood in the eye is often caused by a trauma to the eye. It can also happen without a known cause in children who don’t have other health issues.
Males are 3 to 5 times more likely than females to get blood in the eye because they suffer eye injuries more often than females.
Symptoms include blood visible in the eye. This often happens after some type of trauma to the eye.
The symptoms of blood in the eye include blurry vision. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about your child’s health history. He or she will also give your child an eye exam. Blood is seen in the eyeball.
Blood in the eye is an emergency. If you see blood in your child’s eye, get medical help right away.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
Most children with blood in the eye will be treated in an emergency room. An eye healthcare provider (ophthalmologist) may care for your child. Treatment may include:
The following issues may be caused by blood in the eye:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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