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What are the complications of black eye?
Black eye in itself usually is a minor condition that
resolves on its own. Severe injuries, especially forceful blunt trauma to the eye area may result in
iritis(iritis is a type of uveitis) results from blunt trauma to
the eye. A black eye may be the first sign of this condition. Iritis generally
affects only one eye. Signs and symptoms of uveitis (and iritis) may include:
reddened eye (especially
around the iris, the colored part of the eyeball);
pain that increases with exposure to bright light;
a small or irregularly shaped pupil;
floating spots before the eyes; or
Any of these symptoms
should be brought to the attention of a physician.
Hyphema is an accumulation of blood in the front
(anterior) chamber of the
eye following injury and can cause damage to the interior tissues of the eye.
The amount of blood may be too small to see with the naked eye, or the entire
front of the eye may fill with blood.
Glaucoma may also result from blunt trauma to the eye,
and can occur immediately or years later. The force of the trauma can cause
bleeding inside the eye which leads to an increase in eye pressure, and damages
the optic nerve. Delayed onset glaucoma (angle recession glaucoma) can occur as scar tissue from
the injury builds in the eye.
Orbital floor fracture (blowout fracture) may also occur
as a result of the forceful blunt trauma to the eye. The force of the blow
pushes the eyeball further into the eye socket, fracturing the very thin walls
of bone that make up the eye socket. This can lead to pinching (entrapment) of
the optic nerve and
the muscles that move the eye. Loss of vision or double vision can result and
must be treated emergently.
Retinal detachment can result in permanent vision loss.
Trauma to the eye can lift or pull the retina from its normal position, lining the back of the
eyeball. Symptoms include partial or total loss of vision or flashing lights or
spots in the field of vision and must be treated immediately.