Black Eye - Cause

Not ready to share? Read other Patient Comments

What was the cause of your black eye?

Share your story with others:

MedicineNet appreciates your comment. Your comment may be displayed on the site and will always be published anonymously.Patient Comments FAQs

Enter your Comment

Tell us a bit about your background to make your comments more useful to other MedicineNet users. (Optional)

Screen Name: *

Gender of Patient: Male Female

Age Range of Patient:

I am a: Patient Caregiver


* Screen Name will appear next to the published comment. Please do not include your full name or email address.

By submitting your comment, and other materials (collectively referred to as a "Submission") to MedicineNet, you grant MedicineNet permission to use, copy, transmit, publish, display, edit and modify your Submission in connection with its Web site. MedicineNet will not pay you for your Submission. You represent that you have all rights necessary for MedicineNet to use your Submission as set forth above.

Please keep these guidelines in mind when writing your comment:

  • Please make sure you address the question asked.
  • Due to the overwhelming number of comments received, not all comments will be published.
  • When selecting comments to publish, our staff will choose those that are educational and complement the topic. Please try to stay on topic.
  • Your comment may be edited. We would typically edit comments to make them clearer and more readable. We will remove personal information such as last names, email and web addresses, and other potentially harmful information.
  • We will not notify you if your comment has been published. We suggest that you check back on the topic article regularly.
  • We do not provide medical or healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis.

Thank you for participating!


I have read and agree to abide by the MedicineNet Terms and Conditions and the MedicineNet Privacy Policy (required).

To prevent our systems from spam, please complete the following prior to submitting your comment.

Please select the white triangle:

What causes a black eye?

The most common cause of a black eye is a blow to the eye, nose, or forehead. Depending on where the blow lands, one or both eyes may be affected.

A blow to the nose often causes both eyes to swell because the swelling from the nasal injury causes fluid to collect in the loose tissues of the eyelids.

Other causes of black eye include:

  • surgical procedures to the face, such as a facelift, jaw surgery, or nose surgery;
  • a certain type of head injury, called a basilar skull fracture, causes both eyes to swell and blacken; this condition is typically described as "raccoon eyes."

Other causes of swelling around the eye include (these conditions do not necessarily make the skin turn black and blue around the eye):

  • allergic reactions,
  • bites,
  • cellulitis (skin infection around the eye),
  • angioedema (swelling, usually around both eyes), and
  • dental infections.
Return to Black Eye

See what others are saying

Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I woke up with a black eye (under my eye and moving down by the nose). I have no idea how I got it. It then progressed under my eye and on my eyelid. Someone said a broken blood vessel can sometimes cause a black eye.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: jef4424, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 22

I fell off the bed and hit the corner off my eye missing the eyeball about a quarter of an inch. My eye is black and bloodshot, waters some, and is very painful.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

STAY INFORMED

Get the latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!