A black eye is a proof of something that has gone wrong with you and had left your skin around eye bruised. It can be an accident, a surgery for facelift, nasal problem or jaw surgery, some dental infection or even allergic reaction or insect bite! A blow to your face, nose or any other parts around your eye leads to collection of blood and other fluids around the eye. Just because the skin doesn’t break there doesn’t mean that blood has not oozed out of your veins.
This internal blood collects all around your eye and makes the skin around it change color, from red to purple and then dark purple to black eye. Most of the time, black eye doesn’t cause any serious or permanent damage, it heals with time. However, you should always consult a doctor to rule out any serious internal injury to your eyes, head or other facial parts. First aid measures will not let your eye become much darker and some home remedies may reduce the pain, swelling and the required time that your black eye takes to heal.
How to Get Rid of Black Eye
1. First Things First: Ice Cold Compress for Black Eye
The first thing you need to do just after you are injured is to apply ice or an icy cold compress to your eye that hasn’t yet turned black. When you apply ice to your injured skin, it constricts the blood vessels there and thus helps in stopping the internal bleeding below the skin. Ice also numbs and gets you rid of the initial pain as well as swelling. However, never apply ice directly on your skin. Use the tips below to apply ice or cold compress to your black eye.
How to Apply Ice to Black Eye?
Ice cubes or crushed eyes (or a packet of frozen vegetables like peas, corns etc.)
A clean cloth
Take the cloth and put ice cubes or crushed ice into it.
Wrap it well to make it like a poultice bag. If using frozen veggies pack, you just need to take it out of freezer.
Hold the ice pack or frozen vegetables packet over your injured eye for 10 minutes.