Black Eye

  • Medical Author:
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Medical Editor: David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP
    David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP

    David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP

    Dr. Perlstein received his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati and then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at The New York Hospital, Cornell medical Center in New York City. After serving an additional year as Chief Pediatric Resident, he worked as a private practitioner and then was appointed Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.

How can I prevent a black eye?

Black eye injury can be avoided with basic injury prevention.

  • Check the home for items that might cause a fall, such as throw rugs or objects on the floor (such as toys).
  • Wear the appropriate protective gear for any athletic or work-related activity.
  • Wear goggles or other eye protection when working, doing yard work, or other hobbies and sports that may be injurious to the eyes.
  • Wear seat belts while driving and wear helmets when riding a motorcycle.

Medically reviewed by James E Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease

REFERENCES:

Glaucoma Research Foundation; "Traumatic Glaucoma."

eMedicine.com; "Facial Trauma, Orbital Floor Fractures (Blowout)."

National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health; "Retinal Detachment."

Medline Plus; "Eveitis."

MedscapeReference.com; "Hyphema."

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/1/2015

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