Black eyes can not only make you look tougher but they can make you look extremely intimidating as well. Whether you received a black eye during a contact sport, in some sort of accident, or in a nasty bar fight (don’t tell your mom) it’s important to take care of it as soon as possible. Although most black eyes will typically subside on their own, by applying the proper care and treatment, you can help it heal faster and ensure that more damage doesn’t occur to your eye. Read on to learn more.
- Ice it
One of the most effective treatments for caring for a black eye is to ice it. Simply grab a back of frozen vegetables or a soft ice pack and gently apply it to your eye. Leave it on the affected area for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. Repeat this process over and over or until you start to feel a little bit of relief.
- Inspect Your Eye
A black eye typically causes some sort of damage to the blood vessels in your eye— thus the large bruise that exhibits itself below your eye. However, in order to ensure that any further damage hasn’t occurred to your eye, make sure to properly inspect it. When open, can you stil make things out fairly clearly or are you having a hard time seeing at all? Are your symptoms getting worse as time goes by? If so, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor in order to ensure that the damage is temporary and that it will go away soon.
Another great way to help treat your black eye is by taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory and pain reliever like acetaminophen. This will help to make you feel more comfortable by taking a little bit of edge off of the pain and will also help to ensure that the swelling starts to go down a little bit more— giving you your vision back in return.
To learn more about how to properly treat your black eye or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!