What Causes Hyphema?
Hyphema is usually caused by injuries to the eye from accidents or playing sports. Hyphema can be caused by other, less common things, including:
- abnormal blood vessels on the surface of the iris
- eye infections caused by a herpes virus
- blood clotting problems
- problems with artificial lenses placed in the eye after cataract surgery
- very rarely, cancers of the eye
Always wear the right eye
protection when playing sports.
Because most hyphemas happen because of sports injuries, it is important to wear protective eyewear. Sports injuries, especially with small balls like racquetballs, can cause serious eye problems. Besides hyphema, these injuries can cause cataracts, retinal detachments and glaucoma and lead to blindness. If you hurt your eye, see an ophthalmologist right away.