Eye Injury: First Aid for a Black Eye
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.
- 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.
- Be sure to look at the eyeball for possible injury.
- After the swelling is gone, warm compresses may relieve pain.
| Be sure to follow these safety tips when you use an over-the-counter medicine:|
- Carefully read and follow all directions on the medicine bottle and box.
- Do not use more than the recommended dose.
- Do not take a medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
- If you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take it.
- If you are or could be pregnant, call your doctor before you take any medicine.
- Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||November 2, 2011|