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    Understanding Black Eye -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of a Black Eye?

    The signs of a black eye include bruising and swelling of the eyelid and soft tissue around the injured eye, sometimes accompanied by broken blood vessels along the white of the eye, called a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

    The discoloration starts out deep purple or blue, then may turn green or yellow before disappearing, usually in about a week.

    Understanding Black Eye

    Find out more about a black eye:

    Basics

    Symptoms

    Treatment

    See a Doctor for a Black Eye If:

    • There was loss of consciousness as a result of the injury.
    • Black eyes appear affecting one or both eyes after a head injury; you should be examined by a doctor for possible skull fracture.
    • You have blurry or double vision.
    • You can't move your eyeball in a certain direction.

    Any of the symptoms below may indicate damage to the eyeball, which should be evaluated and treated by an eye care specialist:

    • Your eyeball hurts
    • You have an open cut around the eye
    • You have blurred vision, or see multiple images or floating spots
    • You see blood or other abnormalities within the white or colored parts of the eye
    • You experience unusual sensitivity to light or other vision changes

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on March 01, 2015

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