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How To Care For A Black Eye

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A black eye can be a serious injury, so if you have experience blurred vision, you feel faint or dizzy, or are being sick or any other abnormal symptoms you should go to hospital immediately.

The black eye comes from the eye being punched or bumped, and bleeding begins under the skin surrounding the eye. To bring the swelling down you should first of all check that there are no cuts or wounds around the eye, because if there is it is possible it will need stitches. After checking this, place an ice pack on the eye, or a cold compress and hold it over the eye for about 10 minutes every hour.

Never put the ice directly onto your skin though, but wrap a cloth or towel around it if you do not have a specially designed injury ice pack. Do this on the first day after the injury, but on the following days apply warmer compresses to the area every couple of hours for about 20 minutes each time. This heat will help your body absorb the excess blood around the eye.

You can try to reduce the welling by sleeping on 2 pillows to keep your head elevated. The bruising of the eye will probably take a few weeks to heal properly, and if you experience a lot of pain then you should ask the doctor to recommend a painkiller.

You may also find that the eye is difficult to open - this is because the eye muscles are all affected by the injury. Wear dark glasses so that you are nor straining the eye in brightly lit areas.

By: Bev Woolfson on Tue, Apr 30th 2002

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