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Dr. Abby, Board Certified MD
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How do you treat a black eye

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how do you treat a black eye
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 6 years ago.

When did the injury occur?
Are you having any visual changes?
Do you take any medications (especially blood thinners?)

Dr Abby
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 6 years ago.
Ok, thank you.

The main concern when someone has a black eye is whether there is any underlying fracture of the surrounding bones. If you are experiencing severe pain and/or tenderness of the bones around the eye socket, make sure that you have it looked at tomorrow (sooner if you develop any changes in your vision).

Black eyes are treated with ice for the first 24 hours. Apply the ice for approximately 15-20 minutes at a time (you can use a bag of frozen vegetables if you do not have an ice pack).

Avoid using aspirin as this can increase the bleeding around the area due to its blood thinning properties. You can use tylenol for pain.

There is nothing that will speed up the resolution of the bruise. It simply has to be reabsorbed back into your system. It can take 10-14 days for it to completely go away, depending on the severity.

Avoid pushing on the eyeball itself.

Feel free to ask any follow up questions you may have,

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