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    Black Eye Treatment

    1. Treat Symptoms

    • Apply ice to the area. Don't press on the eye.

    2. Get Medical Help

    See a health care provider to make sure there is no further damage to the eye.

    Call a health care provider immediately if:

    • The person's vision is blurred, double, or lost in either eye.
    • The person is in severe pain.
    • You suspect a serious eye injury.
    • There is drainage or bleeding on the white part of the eye or drainage from the eye.
    • The eyeball or pupil looks abnormal.
    • Skin around the eye is split or there is a cut on the eyelid.

    3. Follow Up

    • Continue icing the area several times a day for 1 or 2 days.
    • After 1 or 2 days, apply warm compresses to the bruised area instead.
    • Depending on the injury, the provider may prescribe eye drops and recommend follow up with an eye doctor.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2015

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