After an injury to the eye, it is important to distinguish between symptoms of black eye and those that might indicate a more serious head injury.
Black eye symptoms may include:
- Pain around the eye;
- Swelling around the eye, which can be mild at first, then increasing later. Swelling may make it difficult to open the eye;
- Discoloration (like a bruise) around the eye. The skin around the eye may be red at first, then grows darker, progressing to purple, yellow, green or black;
- Blurred vision.
Signs of a more serious head injury require medical attention, and may include the following:
- Double vision;
- Vision loss;
- Blood on the eyeball surface;
- Inability to move the eye;
- Severe or ongoing headache;
- Fainting/loss of consciousness;
- Blood or fluid coming from the ears or nose;
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