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Black Eye Treatment

1. Treat Symptoms

  • Apply ice to the area. Don't press on the eye.
  • For pain, give acetaminophen (Tylenol). Don't give aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), because they can increase bleeding.

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 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 instead.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 20, 2013

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