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ICD-10 code: H21.0

Chapter: Diseases of the eye and adnexia

Understanding Hyphema: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Hyphema is a condition characterized by bleeding in the anterior chamber of the eye, which is the space between the cornea and the iris. It is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention to prevent further complications.

  1. Causes
  2. Hyphema can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

    • Trauma to the eye
    • Eye surgery
    • Blood clotting disorders
    • Use of blood-thinning medications
    • Tumors in the eye
  3. Symptoms
  4. The symptoms of hyphema can vary depending on the severity of the bleeding. Some common symptoms include:

    • Blood visible in the eye
    • Eye pain
    • Blurry vision
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Increased pressure in the eye
  5. Treatment
  6. Treatment for hyphema will depend on the severity of the condition. In most cases, the patient will need to rest and avoid any activities that could increase eye pressure. The doctor may also prescribe eye drops or medication to help reduce inflammation and prevent infection. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the blood and repair any damage to the eye.

If you experience any symptoms of hyphema, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Delaying treatment could lead to permanent vision loss or other serious complications.

Prevention is key when it comes to hyphema. Always wear protective eyewear when participating in sports or other activities that could cause eye injury. If you have a blood clotting disorder or are taking blood-thinning medications, talk to your doctor about the risks and how to reduce your risk of hyphema.


Hyphema is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. Knowing the causes, symptoms, and treatment options can help you take the necessary steps to prevent and treat this condition. Be sure to protect your eyes from injury and seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms of hyphema.