Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hyphema Treatment

Treatment for a hyphema depends on the size of the hyphema. Treatment often includes rest, narcotic pain medications, an eye shield, aminocaproic acid eye drops, corticosteroid eye drops, and medication that dilates the pupil of the eye. In some cases, a hyphema may require surgery.

Specific treatment options for a hyphema may include:

Hyphema Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of hyphema.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Hyphema Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat hyphemas:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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