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When should I see a doctor for a black eye?

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All doctors will suggest a cold compress to ease swelling and stop the bleeding.

But you won't be able to spot problems by simply looking in the mirror. You should see a doctor right away if you have fever, blurred or double vision, severe eye pain, bleeding from the eye, or trouble breathing through your nose. These signs may suggest a broken bone around the eye, increased orbital (eye) pressure or eyeball damage.

From: Black Eye Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: James, B., Chew, C., Bron, A. "Trauma," , Blackwell Publishing, 2003.  American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Lecture Notes on Ophthalmology

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Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 21, 2019

SOURCES: James, B., Chew, C., Bron, A. "Trauma," , Blackwell Publishing, 2003.  American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Lecture Notes on Ophthalmology

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Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 21, 2019

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