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What Causes A Black Eye Besides Eye Injury
Many causes: There are many potential causes of red eyes unrelated to to trauma. These include ocular surfaces conditions such as dry eyes, blepharitis and allergies, although there are other potential causes as well. A thorough eye examination can shed some light on the issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many answers: Pain and swelling can result from tissue injury. Inflammation of the interior eye contetnts will cause pain to light exposure . Pain from a corneal abrasion in obvious. Sweiiling results from blood vessels becoming "leaky" allowing healing cells from the blood stream to get to the damaged tissue to promote healing. ...Read more
Several: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with his doctor. In that meeting, his doctor will listen to him, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell him what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Contusion, clotting: A black eye is bleeding under the skin around the eye. Most commonly it is due to a hit to the eye frequently from a fist but other objects can do this. Rarely a blood clotting problem can cause bleeding in this area with a black eye as the result. See your ophthalmologist if the vision is disturbed or you suspect major tissue damage like an orbital bone fracture. ...Read more
Infection: Your body reacts to certain situations by creating mucus. Green or yellow mucus indicates bacterial infection. Clear thin, discharge with infection is caused by a virus. Thick white or clear discharge is usually due to allergy. There are lymph nodes and raised areas inside the lids called papillae and follicles that help the eye md determine the exact cause. Rinsing eyes helps, sometimes drops nec. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Physical/chemical: Major eye injuries are caused by blunt and sharp trauma, with or without globe penetration/rupture. Strong chemicals (e.g. battery acid, lye drain cleaner, etc.) can cause vision threatening eye injuries. Eye protection with safety glasses, goggles, face shields and avoidance of dangerous situations can help prevent work related eye injury. Flush out eyes immediately if splashed, ...Read more
Unfortunately no: Although we are making strides in tissue transplant techniques and stem cell therapy, we have not advanced to the point of whole eye transplant. The optic nerve, would need to connect its 1.5 million axons (the "wires" of the nerves) with the brain in a way that cannot currently be done. The cornea (front window) can be transplanted in cases of severe scarring from trauma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can happen: It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. Wait one year then consider surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
21 y/o son left eye recently turns in, and eye lid is puffy. No history of trauma. No pain in eye or headache. What should be be looking for? Thanks
Optic nerve injury: If the vision in only one eye is affected this can be explained by anatomy. Usually it means damage to the optic nerve from the back of the eyeball to the place in the middle of the skull where the two nerves cross (chiasm). This can arise from injury such as an optic canal fracture causing traumatic optic neuropathy affecting only on eye. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If the brain injury included a basal skull fracture, something called a carotid cavernous sinus fistula can form which commonly gets mistaken for a simple red eye. Another possibility is that the blink reflex has been somehow blunted from the brain injury, and the eye is red due to dryness and exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vitreous floater: You most probably have a vitreous floater. The clear gel that fills eyeball is normally attached to all parts of the inside of the eye. As we get older it can become more liquid (watery) and detaches from the back of the retina causing your "dirt" floater. This can also reult in a retinal tear or detachment you should see your eye doctor to check the retina for this or hemorrhage (blood). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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