Black Eye The pain:

A bruise over the eye, following a blow or other forceful impact. 

The cause:

Trauma, usually caused by something (like a ball) or someone (with a good right hand) breaks the skin or small veins under the skin near your eye.  Blood leaks into the skin around the eye, causing swelling and discoloration.  (Black eyes can also be caused by sinus infections or allergic reactions.) Black eyes usually fade away in two to three weeks.   

See a doctor if .

You have blurred or double vision or your eyesight is impaired in any way.  … You have pain in your eye as well as around it.  … You become light sensitive.  … You have “floaters” or other specks in your field of vision.  … You haven’t walked into any doors or fists lately, and you have allergy symptoms like itchy eyes and sneezing, or your skull is pounding and your sinuses hurt along with the black eye.  If so, your allergies or a sinus headache are more than likely the source for your shiner.  Your doctor can treat these conditions with the proper medications, which should also clear up the black eye.   

Quick relief: ice your eye. 

Besides reducing swelling, the cold will narrow blood vessels, limiting the amount of blood that will get pooled under the skin and cause a shiner, says MD, associate professor. Wrap the   ice in a towel and apply for 15 minutes every 2 to 3 hours.  Don’t leave the ice or longer than 20 minutes, or your body will start thinking your eye Rot to0 cold and send blood over there to warm things up, which actually increases swelling.   

Chill with frozen veggies. 

Remember when tough guys used to slap a slab of raw steak over à black eye?  Well, it isn’t the steak that brings relief, it’s the coldness of the piece of meat that helps decrease blood flow and relieve swelling.  But you can save yourself some money (as well as a nice piece of meat) by using anything icy “I recommend you use a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a washcloth.” Advises a dermatologist.  It contours to your face better than a steak, and when you’re done using it, you can just throw the bag back into the freezer and save it for the next day’s treatment.  “Keep the cold compress on your blackened eye for about 20 minutes or until the skin begins to feel numb; then remove it for about 10 minutes. You may continue this procedure on and off for three days, or until swelling subsides.  

Ongoing aid: 

After three or four days of ice, put heat on your eye, says Dr. The pooled blood from the original shot you took needs to be reabsorbed back into the body so that your black eye will go away, and Dr says that heat will help. Soak a washcloth in comfortably warm water, wring it out, and then apply it for 15 minutes 2 or 3 times a day.  

Pass on aspirin.

The basic thing you need to do to heal a black eye.  is to stop the bleeding above or below the skin’s surface and get that blood out of the area. Clots are what the body uses to stop bleeding, and the platelets in your blood stick together to form them.  But if you take aspirin for the pain, your broken blood vessels will take longer to clot and heal.  Instead of aspirin, take 500 to 650 milligrams of acetaminophen (paracetamol) every four to six hours for as long as you have pain.  This kills the pain without interfering with the blood clotting.   

Nutritional remedies:

Have a Hawaiian punch.  “Eating pineapple or papaya – or better yet, a fruit cocktail made of both – can help remedy a black eye, According to Dr.  Rask, “An enzyme found in those fruits changes the molecular structure of the blood, so it’s more easily absorbed by the body.  “If you have a black eye, eat three papayas a day for faster healing. Or you can take up to 600 milligrams of papaya in capsule form (sold in health food stores) four times a day. Loading up on pineapple will also do the trick, according to Dr.and both fruits give you a healthy dose of vitamin C.  

Helpful vitamins and supplements:

Try vitamin C. It’s well documented that vitamin C promotes healing and for anyone who bruises easily, getting plenty of vitamin C in your diet is a must. If you’re sporting a black eye, take a daily vitamin C supplement and increase your intake of vitamin C – rich foods such as broccoli, to speed up the healing process.  Mangoes, peppers and sweet potatoes, as well as pineapple and papaya,  

Herbal help: Get comfort from comfrey. 

For black eyes, a doctor of naturopathy, recommends an herb poultice made from comfrey leaves, which she says soothes the eye, lessens pain, stops bleeding, and promotes wound healing.  You can buy dried comfrey leaves at most health food stores.  Boil four ounces of water, add a tablespoon of leaves, and stir Shut off the heat, and put the mix in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes so that it cools and steeps.  Then soak a piece of cheesecloth or washcloth in the mix, wring it out, and apply to your eye for 20 minutes four times a day.   

Other alternatives: Pop some pellets. 

Arnica is a homeopathic remedy that would make you sick if you took it in massive doses.  But in a diluted, pellet form, it actually stimulates your body to heal itself.  It’s “an all-purpose trauma remedy known to reduce hemorrhaging or bleeding from any particular area.” Says Dr.You can get arnica at most health food stores.  Dr. recommends taking one to three pellets of 30C potency arnica three or four times a day for two or three days.  Dr.  Stiles says that contact with your skin can reduce the effectiveness of homeopathic arnica’s, so for best results, shake out the pellets onto the lid of the bottle and tip them into your mouth without touching them.   

Everyday prevention: Protect your peepers. 

Since sports – related trauma can cause the black eye, Dr.  Ferentz says that it’s very important to protect those delicate orbs when playing sports like racquetball or basketball.  He suggests using a pair of sports goggles.  If you use glasses, these goggles are even available with prescription lenses.  Look for goggles with polycarbonate lenses: they’re far more impact – resistant than their plastic counterparts.   

Stop and think.  

If you have a black eye from a fight, and it was in a bar or alley instead of a ring, Dr.says that you may want to sort through what got you in that situation.  Sometimes it can be a problem dealing with anger, alcohol, or a domestic violence issue.  He suggests facing the problem realistically to prevent future black eyes and seeking help if you need it because the next go around in a bar might lead to something a lot more damaging than a black eye.