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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 David T. Derrer, MD on March 29, 2014

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