Some less severe cases of hyphema may heal on their own. Based on an eye exam, your Eye M.D. will decide what the the best course of treatment is for you.
If your hyphema is not severe and you are able to follow your Eye M.D.'s instructions exactly, you may be asked to:
- Place a protective shield over the injured eye;
- Limit physical activity or get bed rest;
- Elevate the head of your bed to help your eye drain; and
- See your Eye M.D. frequently to monitor your progress.
Over-the-counter pain medications that do not contain aspirin (such as acetaminophen) are preferred for treating pain in order to prevent additional bleeding.
If you have significant complications or are not able to follow the home care instructions, hospitalization may be needed to ensure proper care and monitoring.
In cases where the hyphema causes a dangerous elevation in eye pressure that can lead to glaucoma or cornea damage, surgery to remove the excess blood may be necessary.