Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hyphema Outlook

What to expect with a hyphema:

  • About 75 percent of those with small hyphemas have normal vision after recovery.
  • Only about 35 percent of those with large hyphemas have normal vision after recovery.
  • Up to one third of hyphemas re-bleed between 2 and 5 days after the injury.
    • Re-bleeds are usually worse than the original bleed.
    • Re-bleeding may reduce vision, and result in glaucoma or staining of the cornea.

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Last Updated: Mar 20, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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