Hyphema (Bleeding in Eye) Treatment

Call 911

1. Get Medical Help Immediately

  • Get an immediate appoingtment with an eye doctor (ophthamologist), call 911 or take the person to a hospital emergency room.

2. Protect the Eye

  • Do not put rub the eye or put pressure on the eyeball.

3. Follow Up

  • A medical eye doctor will examine the eye and prescribe treatment based on what's causing the bleeding and how severe it is. The person may need to use eye drops or wear a patch.
  • Rarely, surgery is needed to relieve pressure in the eye.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on April 21, 2018



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Cleveland Clinic Health Library: "First Aid for Eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeSmart: "Hyphema Treatment."

Eye Bleeding Information from eMedicineHealth.

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