The main symptom is a black and blue or purple mark around the eye. There may also be redness, swelling, and tenderness or pain. The skin may turn yellow when it begins to heal.
Most black eyes heal on their own in about 2 weeks. The goal of treatment is to ease pain and swelling. Choices are:
- Applying ice on the eye after the injury
- Applying a warm pack on the eye after swelling has gone down
- Taking pain relievers, such as acetaminophen
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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