Eye Contusion

An eye contusion is a deep bruise of the eye. It is often called a "black eye." Contusions happen when an injury causes bleeding under the skin. Signs of bruising include pain, puffiness (swelling), and discolored skin. The contusion may turn blue, purple, or yellow. A black eye can be very serious and can affect the eyeball and sight.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • If there is no injury to the eye, you may keep doing normal activities.

  • Wear sunglasses if bright lights bother you.

  • Sleep with your head raised (elevated) to help with discomfort.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You notice any vision loss.

  • You see two of everything (double vision).

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous).

  • You feel dizzy, sleepy, or like you will pass out (faint).

  • You have any fluid coming from your eye or nose.

  • You have puffiness and bruising that does not fade.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.