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.
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 are bleeding from the eye.
- You experience unusual sensitivity to light or other vision changes.