Black Eye First Aid

Black eyes can happen at any point in time and practically anywhere especially in the work place. You might have an object fall on your face or have an altercation with someone.  But these guidelines will help you in rendering first aid to you black eye. A black eye is a type of bruise and simple bruises go away with ice and elevating the head. Typically, a bruise will go away in 2 to 3 weeks. Apply ice cold packs for 15 minutes, approximately 3 to 4 times a day during the first 48 hours to reduce swelling. When using an ice pack, place a cloth between the ice and skin. The quicker you place ice on the bruise—the better you will be able to reduce the swelling.  When taking care of the swelling, make sure that your eyeball does not have an injury. After the swelling is gone, warm compresses to the bruise area will receive the pain.     black eye

Medicine that you can buy over-the-counter that will treat fever or pain:

  • Acetaminophen such as Tylenol
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

o   Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)

o   Naproxen (Aleve or Naprosyn)

  • Aspirin, such as Bayer or Ecotrin

Safety Tips

  • Be careful to read and follow the directions on the medicine bottle and/or box
  • When buying over-the-counter medication, please be careful to only use the recommended dosage
  • Avoid any medication that has given you an allergic reaction in the past
  • Call your doctor if you have been told to avoid a specific drug
  • If you are pregnant, call the doctor before you take any medication
  • Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 years old unless the doctor advises to do so

This is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please consult your medical professional if you have any questions.


Provided by Valley Occupational Medical Center



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