A black eye can occur for a variety of reasons such as nasal injuries, facelifts, jaw surgery, allergic reactions, bites, a skin infection around the eye or a dental infection. However, the most common cause of a black eye is a blow to the face. Black eyes can cause pain, blurry vision, swelling and headaches.
The following remedies can help you quickly get rid of a black eye. However, if the skin around your eye is cut or you are having symptoms like dizziness, nausea or vomiting along with vision problems, you should consult your doctor immediately.
1. Ice Pack
The first thing you need to do is apply an ice pack to the affected area as soon as possible. Ice will help reduce the swelling and constrict the blood vessels to reduce internal bleeding and further bruising. It will also speed up the healing process.
- Wrap ice pieces in a clean cotton or muslin cloth.
- Hold it over the eye for 10 to 20 minutes.
- Repeat the process several times a day during the first 48 hours.
This also will help relieve pain. Never use ice directly on the eyes and do not rub the ice pack on delicate skin like that around your eyes. Instead of ice, you can also use a packet of frozen vegetables.
2. Warm Compress
After one or two days of getting a black eye, you need to apply warm compresses. This will help increase blood flow to the tissue around the eye and accelerate the healing process.
- Dip a clean cloth in warm water, and squeeze out the excess water.
- Put the warm cloth on the affected eye until the cloth becomes cool.
- Repeat the process several times a day.
If it doesn’t cause pain, you can also massage the area with a warm washcloth. This will help improve blood circulation and remove the dried blood accumulated under the skin.
3. Vitamin C
When suffering from a black eye, it is very important to include foods with vitamin C in your diet. There are many food items rich in vitamin C such as Indian gooseberries, guavas, peppers, sweet potatoes, limes, lemons, broccoli, mangos and oranges. Vitamin C makes the walls of the blood vessels thicken, aiding the healing process. Alternatively, you can take a vitamin C supplement to give your body the needed daily dose.
4. Pineapple and Papaya
Pineapple and papaya are two fruits that can help in treating a black eye. Both are very rich in antioxidants that speed up the healing process of almost any kind of injury that causes discoloration of the skin. These fruits have a special kind of enzyme that soften and heal the skin. To reap the benefits, you can either:
- Apply the pulp of these fruits topically around the blackened area of the eye, or
- Drink these fruit juices or simply eat the fruits.
5. Cayenne Pepper and Vaseline
Many people use cayenne pepper and Vaseline to treat black eyes.
- Mix together one tablespoon of cayenne pepper and five tablespoons of melted Vaseline. Mix it well and allow it to cool.
- Apply this mixture to the affected eye. Be extra careful not to get the mixture in your eye.
- After a few hours, wipe it off with a wet tissue or cloth.
- Do this one to three times a day, depending on the severity of the black eye.
6. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is regarded as a good healing agent for many problems including black eyes. The following are a couple of ways to use this home remedy.
- Soak a cotton pad in witch hazel and place it on the affected eye for a few minutes. This will have a gentle soothing as well as healing effect.
- You can also prepare a solution of chamomile essential oil, witch hazel and water. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and place it on your eyelid and surrounding area. Repeat the process two to three times a day.