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 17, 2017


SOURCES: "Eye Injuries."

Merck Manuals: "Blunt Injuries to the Eye."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Eye Injury."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Eye Contusion."

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