Bruising or Black Eye (Ecchymosis)
What is ecchymosis or bruising of the eye?
Ecchymosis, or more commonly known as a “black eye," usually occurs from some type of trauma to the eye, causing the tissue around the eye to become bruised. Your child's physician will examine the eye closely to make sure there is no damage to the actual eye itself.
Treatment for a black eye:
Specific treatment for a black eye will be determined by your child's physician based on:
- your child's age, overall health, and medical history
- extent of the injury
- your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- expectations for the course of the injury
- your opinion or preference
- cold compresses to the eye for the first 24 hours
- warm compresses to the eye after the first 24 hours
- continued compresses until the swelling stops
- keep the child's head elevated to help decrease the amount of swelling
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