A black eye is a type of bruise. Simple bruises are treated with ice and by elevating the head. The bruise should be gone in 2 to 3 weeks.
Inspect the eyeball.
Be sure to look at the eyeball for possible injury.
Use ice or cold.
Apply ice or cold packs for 15 minutes 3 or 4 times a day during the first 48 hours to help reduce swelling. Place a cloth between the ice and the skin. The sooner you apply a cold pack, the less swelling will occur.
Do not use chemical cooling packs. If the pack leaks, the chemicals could cause more eye damage.
Do not use a raw piece of meat on a black eye.
Keep the head raised to help reduce swelling.
Follow with warmth.
After the swelling is gone, warm compresses may relieve pain.
Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed. If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine.
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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