Georges St. Pierre (file photo) is a happy man. | Dave
UFC welterweight champion Georges
St. Pierre has taken to Twitter to reassure fans that the eye
injury he suffered in his UFC
129 title defense is not a serious as first feared.
“I am so lucky my BJJ instructor Bruno Fernandes is an
ophthalmologist. I’ll be in good hands,” wrote St. Pierre. “My
medical condition is called hyphema. My vision is still blurry and
my eye sensitive but the blood in my eye has now been absorbed. My
retina is fine as well, and my vision will come back to 100
percent. [I could not] be more happy.”
Hyphema, often caused by blunt trauma, is a condition marked by
blood pooling in the front chamber of the eye. It may be visible as
a reddish tinge, or the blood may settle at the bottom of the
Treatment of the condition consists of simply resting the eye or
even wearing an eye patch to avoid causing a re-bleed. Those
affected may also sleep at a 45-degree angle to assist in the blood
settling away from the line of vision. Pain medications such as
ibuprofen and aspirin, which thin the blood, are also to be
avoided. In severe cases, surgery may be required to clear the
blood from the eye’s anterior chamber, though that does not appear
to be an issue for St. Pierre.
UFC 129, which went down April 30 from the Rogers Centre in
Toronto, was headlined by St. Pierre’s welterweight title defense
against Jake Shields.
The champion reportedly suffered a serious but unintentional poke
to his left eye in the second round of the fight and could not see
out of that lamp for the remainder of the contest. Even with the
injury to his eye, GSP remained in control of the contest, using
his jab to turn away a game Shields and retain his title.