Hyphema (Bleeding in Eye) Treatment

Call 911

1. Get Medical Help Immediately

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

2. Protect the Eye

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

3. Follow Up

  • An 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 Whitney Seltman on July 21, 2020



Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh: "Blood in the Eye (Hyphema)."

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

American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeSmart: "Hyphema Treatment."

Eye Bleeding Information from eMedicineHealth.

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