Black eyes are indeed horrible looking and no matter how much makeup you throw on it, it just doesn't go away. Black eyes are caused by small hemorrhaging when a large impact hits the eye and cheek bone area. Most often the initial coloring is black, and as it starts to heal it will go through a colorful phase starting, at green, then yellow and ending at your original skin color. This article will give some tips on how to manage a black eye, and when to know it is time to visit the doctor.
First and foremost when encountered with a black eye, cold compress is imperative. One must get a cold object on the wound as soon as possible to avoid swelling and hemorrhage. If you are out in the street and cannot get a bag of ice, a nice cold can of soda works wonders. Head into the nearest store and purchase the coldest can of soda possible. Place on your upper part of the cheek. Never put pressure on the eye, just rest the can on your cheek bone area.
If you are able to get ice, using crushed ice you should place it in a plastic bag and tape it to your forehead so the ice can cover the area. The ice bag should be kept on as long as possible. Ice should be used for the first 24 - 48 hours.
If your eye is swollen shut you should alternate the ice. Place it on your eye for 10 minutes every two hours.