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A 33-year-old member asked:

could inversion cause hyphema?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
No: Hyphema is blood in the anterior chamber of the eye. This blood usually comes from blood vessels in the iris after surgery or trauma. I see no reason why inversion would cause this in the absence of prior trauma or damage to the iris.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Increased pressure from hanging upside down can elevate pressure inside the eye and cause bleeding.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Agree. Although trauma is much more common.
Sep 8, 2013

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to smoke cigarettes if hyphema?

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Dr. Netan Choudhry
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Ideally No.: Smoking, although not directly related to a hyphema, can impair wound healing and cause red blood cells to be deprived of oxygen. In patients with sickle cell disease, who are susceptible to blood oxygen levels, smoking is harmful.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to smoke if hyphema?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No relationship: Hyphema is due to bleeding in the eye, the most common cause being trauma and rarely it is caused by internal eye dysfunction such as diabetes and internal eye tumors. Smoking will not affect this one way or another but this is a wonderful opportunity to reasses your smoking addicition and to try and stop it altogether.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is full recovery expected with hyphema?

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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
In most cases: Yes, in most cases. The bleeding resolves on its own as it breaks down. This can be helped along with steroid and dilating drops to prevent complications. In severe cases, the blood cells will block the drainage system of the eye causing an increase in pressure. This may require the blood to be drained flushed out through a small corneal incision. High pressure causes glaucoma and vision loss.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is a mild case of hyphema like?

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Dr. Glenn Pomerance
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Trouble!: Hyphema is the presence of red blood in the anterior chamber of the eye, the space between the back if the cornea and the front of the lens. It results from an injury or disease affecting the blood. Suspended or collected blood can cause corneal staining, glaucoma or toxicity and threaten your vision. It is mandatory that you be examined by an eyemd to treat the effects of the injury and hyphema.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What should I do with hyphema?

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Dr. Marianna Post
Family Medicine 17 years experience
See eye doctor: See an ophthalmologist. In some cases hyphema can be left alone and no treatment is needed, in other cases, certain eye drops or even surgical procedure to remove the blood is needed, the ophthalmologist will be able to assess your condition and choose proper treatment.

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