Hyphema is a result of a high impact trauma to the eye and can also appear in in children with sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, or other medical conditions. A pooling of blood between the cornea and iris (the anterior chamber) partially or completely blocks the patient’s vision.

Due to the amount of pain and discomfort caused by a hyphema, immediate medical attention is required. Failing to do so can result to permanent vision loss, a spike in IOP (intra-ocular pressure), retinal detachment, etc.

How do you avoid a hyphema? DUCK!!! As there’s no absolute prevention for trauma, eye protection such as goggles and safety glasses may help. Treatment and prognosis will vary depending on how long a patient took to seek treatment. Moral of the story; do not take eye injuries lightly however mild or severe.