Blunt force trauma to the area around the eye often results in a 'shiner,' otherwise called a black eye. Like all bruises, it is caused by small blood vessels leaking. Due to how thin the skin is around the eye, it does not take much for a black eye to appear. The skin here is also looser than in other areas of the body, allowing for swelling to happen easily. Although usually caused when an object hits the eye, a black eye can also show up when an individual has a sinus infection or undergoes certain surgeries. Once a black eye shows up, there are a few different ways it can be dealt with.
Apply A Cold Compress
When the injury to the eye area is minor and can be treated at home, begin the healing process by applying a cold compress. The reason for this is a cold compress helps constrict the blood vessels. As a bonus, it reduces swelling. Many individuals have probably seen others use a bag of frozen peas or other vegetables. These are actually better than a rigid ice pack, as they can conform to the shape of the face more easily. One thing some may have seen that they do not want to try is using raw meat, as this can greatly increase the odds of infection. For those who do not have frozen vegetables or a cold compress, a spoon chilled in the refrigerator can make a decent substitution. The cold compress should be kept on the eye for ten-minute intervals and the process should be repeated every one to two hours.
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