Treatment for a Black Eye



Black eye causes small blood vessels are readily broken; blood oozes into tissue spaces (tissue is quite loose around the eye), and a nasty blue-black bruise develops. It may be sufficient to cause closure of the eye for a few days. Infection may occur, causing pain and discharge from the surface of the eye. First, be careful to try to avoid these injuries. I might add that a direct blow to the eye, and especially one caused by a fast-moving missile such as a golf or squash ball, may be very damaging. It may cause the pressure to be transmitted to the retina at the back of the eye and a condition called retinal detachment to take place.
Often the application of icepacks (crushed-up ice in a flannel washer) to the swollen eye can help. Keep this up for 15-20 minutes and repeat every one to three hours. Junior can often manage this himself and it gives him something to do as well as reflect on his stupidity. The application of so-called thrombolytic ointments is claimed to break up clots and aid their re-absorption while reducing swelling and the bruising.
I have my doubts about its real value. The bruise will reduce in any case in a few days, turn yellow and finally vanish. Swelling will be healed by nature. It may take one to four weeks or longer, depending on the severity of the lesion. I think it’s worth having the eye checked by an eye doctor after any injury severe enough to cause a good-sized black eye.