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Should I Be Concerned About My Black Eye?

When you were a child, you might have felt tough walking around with facial proof of your most recent skateboarding accident. Shiners, or black eyes, occur when fluids collect in the tissues surrounding the eye after an injury near the area. Here’s everything that you should know about the condition.

The Cause of a Black Eye

Black eyes are typically the result of an accident in which an object strikes the area surrounding the eyes. From playing sports to falling down, there are many ways a person can develop a black eye. Other common causes include cosmetic eye surgery, sinus infection, or nasal surgery. Black eyes are also sometimes a sign of physical abuse. If you feel that someone you’re close to is a victim of domestic abuse, you should call the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

When Should I be Concerned?

More than likely your black eye is a bruise and is not cause for extreme concern. That being said, it is always better to have your eyes examine by an eye doctor before treating the condition on your own. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, call a doctor immediately: Blood inside of the eye, new floaters, dizziness, vomiting, severe pain, persistent headache, excessive swelling, or a crackling sound when breathing through the nose.

Monitoring Your Black Eye

Contrary to what you’ve seen in the movies, never apply raw meat to your black eye as it could lead to infection. Apply a cold compress as soon as possible and press gently to the area for 15 to 20 minutes. If the condition is serious, your eye doctor may have additional treatment recommendations.


Here at the Catonsville Eye Group, providing the best patient care is out #1 priority. The professionalism of our doctors coupled with our capable and caring staff, state of the art technology, and extensive frame and lens options are what have made Catonsville Eye Group the first choice for families in our community.  We strive to provide the best possible professional care at fair and reasonable prices to our patients in the most courteous way possible!

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