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Black Eye (cont.)

Black Eye Symptoms

Pain, swelling, and bruising are the most common signs and symptoms of a black eye.

  • Initially, the swelling and discoloration may be mild. The eye may start off slightly reddened, then progress to a darker shade.
  • Later, the skin around the eye becomes deep violet, yellow, green, or black in color.
  • Swelling increases as discoloration progresses.
  • Over the course of a few days, the area becomes lighter and the swelling decreases.

Although some blurry vision or difficulty opening the eye may occur because of the swelling, more serious visual problems are less common.

Headache may also be present, because the usual cause of a black eye is some sort of head injury.

Signs of a more serious injury are:

  • Double vision
  • Loss of sight
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Inability to move the eye
  • Blood or clear fluid from the nose or the ears
  • Blood on the surface of the eye itself
  • Persistent headache
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2013

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