How To Treat A Black Eye

If you've managed to get yourself a nice shiner, you are probably wondering how to get rid of a black eye. A black eye occurs when blood pools around the eye after an injury. The blood there takes on a blue-black appearance due to the thin and delicate tissue around the eye. A black eye will usually clear up in about a week. You can speed up healing using some of the tips below to treat a black eye.

You will need:

  • Cold compress
  • Hot compress
  • Acetaminophen
  1. Apply a cold compress or ice pack as soon as possible after the injury. The sooner you can apply the cold, the less swelling you will experience. Be sure to wrap the ice pack or compress in a soft cloth in order to avoid damaging the delicate skin around your eye.
  2. If you are experiencing pain, take acetaminophen. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen, as those thin the blood and can actually make a black eye worse. Consult your doctor if pain is severe.
  3. After a few days, you may want to switch to keeping a hot compress on the affected eye. The heat will help your body heal the area. Do not use the hot compress for more than twenty minutes at a time.


  • No matter what you see in the movies, do not try to treat a black eye by holding a raw steak against it. Raw meat can harbor bacteria, which can cause a nasty eye infection.
  • If your black eye does not heal within a week or if you are severely injured, see a doctor. Use common sense and seek medical treatment when necessary.
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