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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:

Most black eyes heal completely and do not cause any damage to the eye. Treatment may include:

It is important to know that the swelling and bruise may appear to spread and go down the cheek or to the other eye. This is normal. Consult your child's physician if the bruising and swelling does not resolve on its own.

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