Hyphema and the Upright Position
AUG 28, 2012
Why is a patient with mild hyphema placed in an upright position?
A hyphema is bleeding in the front part of the eye. We recommend that the patient be in an upright position so that the blood settles or layers in the lower portion of the eye by gravity, thus allowing the visual axis to be clear and the patient's vision to be optimized while the blood is reabsorbing.