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Eye Health Center

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Hyphema (Bleeding in Eye)

Next Steps - Follow-up

Someone who has been in the hospital for hyphema should wear an eye shield for 2 weeks following the trauma to the eye. You will need additional, extensive eye examinations for at least 2-4 weeks.

Also, avoid strenuous activities for 2 weeks.

Every year, you should be checked for the development of glaucoma. Any significant eye trauma can damage the eye's drainage system and put someone who has had a hyphema at risk for glaucoma.


Hyphema can occur with any trauma to the eye. Wear protective eyewear whenever you play a sport that recommends it.

For More Information

American Academy of Ophthalmology
655 Beach Street
Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120
(415) 561-8500

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American Academy of Ophthalmology

Synonyms and Keywords

microhyphema, bleeding in the eye, eight ball, black hyphema, black eye

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on April 25, 2014
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