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Sickle Cell Trait and Glaucoma Post-Hyphema: Tips to Protect Your Patient’s Vision

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source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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People with sickle cell trait (SCT) who experience an eye injury are more likely to develop glaucoma post-hyphema. This condition can lead to impaired vision and may even cause permanent eye damage.  Therefore, if you have a patient with SCT who has suffered an eye injury, it is important that they are evaluated right away by an ophthalmologist who can closely monitor their care.

People with SCT are at increased risk of glaucoma post-hyphema.  Therefore, individuals with SCT and hyphema require urgent evaluation and close monitoring by an ophthalmologist.

Trauma to the eye followed by eye pain, sensitivity to light, and vision changes, such as decreased vision or vision loss, may suggest that a hyphema has occurred.  Sometimes hyphema can lead to glaucoma and damage to the optic nerve.


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