Every now and then, or at least once in our lives, we may be prone to getting a black eye. This unsightly problem is the result of an injury to the head or face. When this injury happens, the blood vessels and other fluids around the eye collect together causing it to swell and become darker in color.
The eye itself is not injured; it is just the tissues that end up getting damaged causing it to look dark, hence the term “black eye.” Black eyes will usually heal on their own, going through a process of being purplish black, then fading into a lighter shade of purple before finally fading into a yellowish color to end up fading away for good.
Symptoms of a Black Eye
A black eye is usually pretty obvious, and never a pretty sight. If you think you have a black eye, here are some tell-tale signs that your suspicions are correct.
• Discoloration around the Eye
• Swelling or Pain in the Eye Area
• Difficulty Opening the Eye
• Vomiting in Extreme Cases
Causes of a Black Eye
There are many, many different factors that can cause a black eye. The most obvious (and common) is a blow to the face. Getting punched in the nose, eye, or face will all usually result in a black eye. When someone gets a blow to the nose both eyes often swell up and change colors.
If the nose gets broken, you can almost always expect a black eye. Head injuries such as a concussion can cause a black eye as well. Did you recently get plastic surgery or are thinking about it? You can more than likely expect a black eye or eyes following your procedure.
How to Get Rid of a Black Eye Fast
Black eyes will go away on their own with time, but there are times when we really can’t afford to let nature take its course. If you’ve got an important meeting or are going on a date, you definitely don’t want to have a black eye. Trying some of the following remedies will help to heal a black eye fast.
Putting an icepack on the affected eye will help to reduce swelling by making the blood vessels constrict. Take a piece of ice and rub it gently on around the eye that has been traumatized. This will help to take away any pain you may be experiencing because it will numb the area. Ice your black eye every hour for the first 24 hours and you will see quick results in taking away your black eye.
Don’t use the frozen steak trick. There could be bacteria in the steak that could cause infection if there is any sort of tear in the skin around the eye.
Using raw potatoes is one of the best ways to get rid of a black eye fast. All you need to do to use this method is grate some fresh potatoes and place them over your closed eye. Leave it on for at least fifteen minutes to significantly reduce swelling and see fast results. You may also want to use sliced potatoes which will work just as well as those that are grated.
Chilled Tea Bags
Chilled tea bags provide soothing relief for a black eye. It is the tannins in the tea that help to get rid of a black eye and this method will work very well. Refrigerate your used tea bags and keep them available to place on the black eye at least five times a day for fifteen minutes on the first day.
Pineapple is an excellent food that helps hasten the healing process. You can apply crushed pineapple to the black eye or drink pineapple juice. Either way is effective, but if you don’t want to put the pineapple on your eyes, you should still continue to drink pineapple juice and use other remedies to help get rid of your black eye faster.
Cucumber slices are great for the eyes and will provide tremendous cooling relief. Placed over the eyes, they will greatly help to reduce inflammation and make your eyes heal quickly.
Arnica is one of the best herbs you can take for trauma. It helps heal muscle and tissues quickly but you will want to begin using it immediately for it to work the best. If you experience trauma to the eye, it is wise to begin using arnica right away. You may take arnica orally in a supplement form and also rub arnica oil on the skin around the eye a few times a day. Doing so will help to quickly get rid of a black eye.
Cayenne Pepper and Vaseline
Ancient Chinese medicine has used the combination of petroleum jelly and cayenne pepper for years in the treatment of trauma to the face that causes swelling and bruising around the eye. Five tablespoons of melted Vaseline should be mixed with one tablespoon of cayenne pepper.