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Top 10 Black Eye (of Both Eyes) Causes

  1. 1.Traumatic Brain Injury

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a bump, blow, jolt, or other head injury causes damage to the brain.

    You should go to the hospital immediately. More than half of Traumatic Brain Injuries are bad enough that people must go to the hospital. The worst injuries can lead to permanent brain damage or death. There, doctors will examine you and take images of your brain to see if there's any bleeding.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    new headache, irritability, clear runny nose, vision changes, general numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with traumatic brain injury:
    head injury
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  2. 2.Limb - Girdle Muscular Dystrophy

    Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy is an inherited disorder that involves varying muscle weakness and wasting.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options for managing symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    weakness, arm weakness, muscle aches, shoulder weakness, leg weakness
    Symptoms that always occur with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy:
    weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    You should go to your local pharmacy or retail clinic to be treated. The usual treatment for atopic eczema involves avoiding irritants and other triggers, using moisturizers to prevent inflammation, as well as steroid creams and ointments when the inflammation flares up.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  4. 4.Chronically Dry Eyes

    Dry eye syndrome (medically known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca), occurs when there is a problem with the thin film of tears that keeps the eye moist and lubriated. This is a condition that can affect people of all ages, but becomes more common as one gets older. The causes include aging, some medications, increased evaporation of tears (due to low humidity in the air, low blink frequency, wearing contact lenses, or windy conditions), and underlying illness in rare cases.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with artificial tears, which come as eye drops and gels, and are usually great at relieving symptoms. You can purchase these at a pharmacy. You might want to consider consulting your primary care physician (PCP) if over-the-counter remedies don't help.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dry eyes, dry mouth, feeling of something in the eye, eye pain, sensitivity to light
    Symptoms that always occur with chronically dry eyes:
    dry eyes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Concussion Not Needing Imaging

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI), or concussion, happens when a bump, blow, jolt, or other head injury causes damage to the brain. Every year, millions of people in the U.S. suffer brain injuries. More than half are bad enough that people must go to the hospital, and the worst injuries can lead to permanent brain damage or death.

    You should have your symptoms checked today, just to be sure. Most likely, a referral or a CT scan of the head is not needed, but a physician can make the best judgement on that. If your symptoms change or worsen, go immediately to the ER.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light, difficulty concentrating, blurry vision
    Symptoms that always occur with concussion not needing imaging:
    brief fainting episode, head or face injury
    Symptoms that never occur with concussion not needing imaging:
    recent fall from 6 feet or higher, severe vomiting, bleeding from the ear, moderate vomiting
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

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  6. 6.Concussion (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) Needing Imaging

    Mild traumatic brain injury requiring imaging is defined as being fairly responsive after an injury to the head but with enough warning signs that a picture of the inside of the skull needs to be taken.

    You should go to the emergency room as soon as possible (within the next hour). The risk factors and symptoms around your injury make it possible that something serious is developing within your skull, and thus, a picture needs to be taken.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light, difficulty concentrating, frequent mood swings
    Symptoms that always occur with concussion (mild traumatic brain injury) needing imaging:
    head or face injury
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck, no longer produces adequate levels of hormones. Thyroid hormones are essential for many bodily functions including breathing, heart rate, and metabolism.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Hypothyroidism is a complex condition that is usually treated with hormone replacement therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Amyloidosis

    Amyloidosis is a condition where a protein, called amyloid, deposits in the body's tissues and organs (commonly the heart and kidneys). This can lead to dysfunction and damage in these tissues and organs.

    You should visit your primary care physician in the next few days. Blood, tissue, and imaging tests can be completed to confirm the diagnosis. If confirmed, a treatment plan can be made to manage the effects of the disease. Results vary with treatment and are dependent on the extent of the deposits.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, shortness of breath, diarrhea, unintentional weight loss, dizziness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Inflamed Eyelid (Blepharitis)

    Blepharitis is an eyelid issue where the skin, lashes, or glands become inflamed from an irritant or infection.

    You should use an eyelid scrub and warm compresses. It's important to keep your eyelids clean going forward.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sensitivity to light, eye itch, eye redness, dry eyes, feeling of something in the eye
    Symptoms that never occur with inflamed eyelid (blepharitis):
    severe eye pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  10. 10.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"), which is dangerous and requires treatment.

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care clinic today or tomorrow. Treatment of an abscess includes incision and drainage. It is likely you will be prescribed antibiotics as well. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with bumps or blisters, red rash, red skin bump larger than 1/2 cm in diameter, pus-filled rash, rash
    Symptoms that always occur with skin abscess:
    rash with bumps or blisters
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Black Eye (of Both Eyes)

  • Q.How badly bruised is your eye?
  • Q.Is your bruising constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your eye bruising been going on?
  • Q.Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall or car accident)?

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Black Eye (of Both Eyes) Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced black eye (of both eyes) have also experienced:

    • 6% Dry Mouth
    • 6% Stubbed Toe
    • 6% Flat, Brown / Tan Rash
  • People who have experienced black eye (of both eyes) had symptoms persist for:

    • 52% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Less Than a Day
    • 13% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced black eye (of both eyes) were most often matched with:

    • 25% Traumatic Brain Injury
    • 12% Limb - Girdle Muscular Dystrophy
    • 12% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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