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

Sources

SOURCES:

KidsHealth.org: "Eye Injuries."

Merck Manuals: "Blunt Injuries to the Eye."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Eye Injury."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Eye Contusion."

Black Eye Information from eMedicineHealth.

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