are bruising and swelling around the eye and the eyelid
What to look for
bruising and swelling of
the eyelid and the area around the eye. The bruising may last up to 10 days and changes
colour from purple/blue to yellow within that time.
Usually this type of bruise
will heal quickly and of its own accord however there are times when this bruising
signifies a more serious injury particularly if the eye is bloodshot. It is possible that
an eye injury of this sort could involve a detached retina or lead to glaucoma. A fracture
impair vision and surgery may be needed.
Most black eyes are the
result of a strike that causes bleeding beneath the skin, producing the characteristic
blue-black discolouration. A fractured skull can cause black eyes. There are occasions
when people with allergies can get black eyes (usually under the eye itself).
The best remedy is to put
something cold (such as an ice pack) onto the affected area for about 10 minutes at a time
which helps reduce the swelling and constrict the blood vessels.
If you need to take a pain
reliever do so to relieve any associated pain. However it is not wise to try to prise open
the eye or touch the area too much.
If the eyeball is obviously
damaged or protruding seek medical attention immediately.