Traumatic Hyphema: A Teaching Case Report

Priscilla Lenihan, OD 
Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO



Hyphema is the presence of blood in the anterior chamber of the eye and is most often caused by blunt ocular injury. Hyphema, its complications and associated ocular injuries can pose a serious threat to vision and therefore require appropriate medical management and careful examination and follow-up. This teaching case report reviews the management of traumatic hyphema and discusses treatment options, potential complications and visual prognosis.

Key Words:  traumatic hyphema, closed-globe injury, glaucoma medications, traumatic glaucoma

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