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First Aid - Black Eye

First Aid - Black Eye

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Published by Dr. Momin Sohil
First Aid - Black Eye
First Aid - Black Eye

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Published by: Dr. Momin Sohil on Mar 30, 2013
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BLACK EYE
FIRST AID
 
FIRST AID
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BLACK EYE
The so-called black eye is caused by bleeding beneath theskin around the eye. Sometimes a black eye indicates amore extensive injury, even a skull fracture, particularly ifthe area around both eyes is bruised (raccoon eyes) or ifthere has been a head injury.
Although most black eye injuries aren't serious, bleedingwithin the eye, called a hyphema, is serious and canreduce vision and damage the cornea
 — 
the clear,protective "window" at the front of the eye. In some cases,abnormally high pressure inside the eyeball (glaucoma)also can result.
 
To take care of a black eye:
Using gentle pressure, apply a cold pack or a cloth filledwith ice to the area around the eye. Take care not to presson the eye itself. Apply cold as soon as possible after theinjury to reduce swelling, and continue using ice or coldpacks for 24 to 48 hours.
Be sure there's no blood within the white and colored partsof the eye.
Seek medical care immediately if you experience visionproblems (double vision, blurring), severe pain, or bleedingin the eye or from the nose.

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