Blood staining

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 1 May 2018, last major update October 2013

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PubMed Search: Blood staining [title] cornea

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Definition / general
  • Due to chronic anterior chamber hemorrhage or hyphema, caused by trauma or increased intraocular pressure
  • Hemoglobin and other red blood cell breakdown products may diffuse into and stain cornea
  • May eventually clear, beginning in periphery
Clinical images

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Corneal blood staining

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Small pink-brown globules or spheres in corneal lamellae