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Black Eye Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on January 17, 2020

1. Treat Symptoms

2. Get Medical Help

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

Call a healthcare 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.
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