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What should I do if my eye is bleeding?

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Call 911 or go to emergency room immediately. As you wait to reach the hospital:

Once you've arrived, a doctor will examine your eye and prescribe treatment based on what's causing the bleeding and how severe it is. You may need to use eye drops or wear a patch. In rare cases, you may need surgery to ease pressure in your eye.

  • Do not rub the eye or put pressure on the eyeball.
  • Don't take aspirin or ibuprofen because they can make bleeding worse.

From: Hyphema (Bleeding in Eye) Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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 .

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 21, 2018

SOURCES:

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 .

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 21, 2018

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