However, basically, it is a bruise around the eye caused by an injury of some kind.
When the eye experiences this kind of trauma what happens is that blood immediately flows to the injured area and fluid builds up. This causes swelling and bruising as a result. The skin around the eye is very thin and sensitive so that any trauma will cause a reaction.
Usually a black eye will simply be the result of a blow for example. However, occasionally it will indicate a more serious injury such as internal bleeding of the eye.
When You Should Seek Medical Attention For A Black Eye
- If there is any pain around the eye and the eye begins to swell .
- If you have blurred or double vision.
- If your eyes are bloodshot.
- If you feel faint.
- If there are any signs of bleeding from the nose or ears.
- If your head begins to ache.
What Causes A Black Eye?
- Usually a blow to the face.
- Cosmetic surgery may result in bruising around the eye.
- Sometimes an allergy or infection causes the area around the eye to swell and leave a dark shadow, very much like a black eye.