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Getting poked in the eye may happen anytime your eye comes in contact with a foreign object. A poke in the eye can be both shocking and painful, but an easy recovery is possible.

However, a poke in the eye can result in more serious conditions, such as a corneal abrasion or a direct injury to the eyeball itself. Read on to know how to treat a poke in the eye and prevent these complications from occurring.

A poke in the eye is a form of trauma. It can occur during events where there are multiple people in close quarters, such as sporting events, concerts, or parties. The confusion or movement of several people can result in getting poked in the eye with a finger or object.

It can also occur while playing sports, such as soccer or basketball.

Sometimes, a poke in the eye can be self-inflicted, occurring while putting on makeup or washing the area around your eyes. These types of pokes to the eye are usually minor and can be treated at home.

A minor poke in the eye can often be addressed at home. If the eye was poked with a blunt object, such as a finger, you can treat the injury with these steps:

  1. Wash your hands with soap. Don’t rub your eye.
  2. Rinse your eye with clean water or sterile saline solution if you have it.
  3. Apply a cool compress. Make sure to take the compress off periodically.
  4. If you’re experiencing discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

See your doctor if you suspect you scratched your eye’s surface. This is also known as corneal abrasion. Symptoms include:

  • continued discomfort
  • difficulty keeping your eye open
  • feels like something is in your eye

If bleeding from a scratch occurs on the skin around your eye, cover your eye with a clean fabric or cloth and apply pressure.

In more significant pokes to the eye, blood can fill up the front of the eye, over the pupil or iris. This is a medical emergency. These types of eye injuries are serious and can lead to permanent loss of vision. Get immediate medical attention.

Bleeding that involves the white part of the eye, or sclera, isn’t usually cause for concern unless you also notice changes in your vision.

Any changes in your vision after an injury require medical attention.

If you sustained a forceful impact near the eye and have a black eye, continue to apply cold compresses as necessary. See your doctor for further evaluation.

While getting poked in the eye is sometimes unavoidable, there are things you can do to avoid it from occurring:

  • Wear protective eyewear when working with tools, at potentially rowdy public events, or when participating in sports. Find protective eyewear online.
  • Avoid activities that may result in getting poked in the eye. Avoid areas where people are participating in activities that may result in a finger or elbow to the eye.
  • Eliminate hazards. Try to eliminate objects that may fall or cause you to fall in your home. Falling into an object can result in a poke in the eye.

Eye injuries can result in several more serious conditions, ranging from black eyes to corneal abrasions or eyeball injuries.

Seek medical attention right away after an injury if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • major pain to the eye
  • excessive watering of the eye
  • light sensitivity
  • vision changes
  • flashes of light
  • floating specks
  • blood in the eye

If you got poked in the eye and any part of the object is still in your eye, get immediate medical help. Don’t remove the item if it’s punctured your eye.

A poke to the eye can occur when you least expect it. However, wearing proper eye protection is an important way to prevent trauma to the eye.

Don’t ignore symptoms that require immediate medical attention. If minor eye symptoms last more than 24 hours, contact your doctor. The sooner you get treatment, the less likely complications will occur.

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Goopy Eyes: Causes and Treatment

Having goopy or gunky eyes means that your eyes are secreting discharge. This can have several causes, most commonly infection.

If you have discharge in your eyes, you should make an appointment with your doctor. Discharge in one or both eyes could mean that you have some infection.

This discharge may be green, yellow, or clear. Your eyes may be crusted over when you wake up in the morning. Some eye infections are contagious. You should seek treatment if your symptoms persist for an extended time.

Several eye conditions can cause eye discharge, some of which require treatment.


More commonly known as pinkeye, conjunctivitis is common in both children and adults. There are two types of conjunctivitis: viral and bacterial. Viral conjunctivitis usually causes a watery discharge while bacterial conjunctivitis causes a thicker, stickier discharge.

Additional symptoms of conjunctivitis are:

  • eyes that look red or bloodshot
  • itchy eyes
  • pus or discharge that sticks to your eyelashes
  • watery eyes
  • eyes that burn

Mild conjunctivitis can sometimes be treated at home. But if it doesn’t clear up or gets worse, you’ll need to see your doctor.

Treatment for conjunctivitis may include:

  • antibiotic drops for bacterial conjunctivitis
  • antiviral drops for viral conjunctivitis
  • antiallergen drops

For symptom relief, you can try:

  • washing your hands every time you touch your eyes
  • avoiding any contact with your eyes
  • removing your contact lenses until your eyes are clear
  • using a cold compress to relieve eye pain


Allergies to seasonal pollen and other allergens, such as dust, mold, pet hair, and smoke, can affect your eyes. Additional symptoms include:

  • sneezing
  • coughing
  • congestion
  • runny nose

Lesser-known allergy-related conditions include:

  • vernal keratoconjunctivitis, a more serious seasonal eye allergy that’s more common in men who have asthma
  • atopic keratoconjunctivitis, an allergy that can occur in older adults
  • contact allergic conjunctivitis and giant papillary conjunctivitis, both caused by contact lens irritation

Treatment differs based on the specific cause but may include:

  • avoiding your allergy triggers as much as possible
  • removing contacts until your eyes are clear
  • avoiding rubbing your eyes
  • washing hands after touching an animal and before touching your face
  • allergy medications
  • eye drops

Blocked tear ducts

A blocked tear duct occurs when something blocks the passage of tears out of your tear duct. In adults, it’s usually the result of either an infection, injury, or tumor. Symptoms of a blocked tear duct include:

  • red or bloodshot eyes
  • an unusual amount of tears
  • the inside corner of your eye is painful and swollen
  • reoccurring eye infections
  • eye discharge
  • crusting on your eyelids
  • blurry vision

Treatment for blocked tear ducts depends on the cause, but may include:

  • antibiotic eye drops
  • surgery
  • irrigation of the eye


A stye is a painful red bump on an inflamed eyelid that’s caused by an infected gland. It usually occurs in only one eye at a time. Additional symptoms include:

  • swollen skin around your eye
  • sore or itchy eyes
  • pimplelike appearance

Treatment for a stye includes:

  • antibiotics
  • warm compress
  • massage with clean fingers
  • surgery, if your vision is impaired

Dry eye syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is more common in older adults. It occurs when you’re unable to produce enough tears to lubricate your eyes. Your body either doesn’t make enough tears, or the tears are of poor quality. Symptoms include:

  • eyes that feel dry or gritty
  • irritated eyes, including burning, pain, and redness
  • watery tearing
  • stringy mucus

Treatment for dry eye syndrome includes:

  • artificial tears
  • prescription eye drops
  • tear duct plugs
  • using a humidifier
  • omega-3 essential fatty acid supplements

Keratitis (corneal ulcers)

Inflammation of your cornea is called keratitis. Your cornea is the clear membrane or tissue that covers the pupil and iris of your eye. Keratitis symptoms include:

  • discharge
  • redness
  • excessive tears
  • eye pain
  • blurred or decreased vision
  • feeling of having something in your eye
  • light sensitivity

Treatment options for keratitis depend on the cause but may include eye drops or oral medications. A corneal ulcer is a severe type of keratitis.


Trachoma is a contagious bacterial infection and spreads by contact with infected items. It can affect adults and children but is more common in children, especially in African countries. Symptoms of trachoma include:

  • itchy and irritated eyes and eyelids
  • swollen eyelids
  • discharge
  • eye pain
  • light sensitivity

Treatment for trachoma depends on how far along the condition has progressed. It may include:

  • oral antibiotics or antibiotic drops or ointment
  • surgery for advanced stages

If trachoma is not treated, it can lead to blindness. But with proper medical care, it’s easily treatable.


Entropion is a condition where your eyelid turns inward. This causes your eyelashes to rub against your eye and irritate them. It usually only affects your lower eyelid, and it’s more common in older adults. Symptoms of entropion include:

  • light sensitivity
  • eye pain
  • redness
  • feeling of having something in your eye
  • discharge
  • decrease in vision
  • watery eyes

Treatment options for entropion depend on the cause but may include:

  • switching to soft contact lenses
  • getting stitches to turn your eyelid outward
  • skin tape
  • Botox treatments
  • surgery

When children have goopy eyes, it’s typically for the same reasons as adults. However, the treatment may be slightly different. Here are a few more differences for goopy eyes in children:

  • It’s more common for children to have eye discharge from an infection when they have a cold.
  • A blocked tear duct is common in infants under age 1. It will usually clear up on its own with no treatment within their first year.
  • Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is also common in children. It’s treated the same way. This is also the case for most other eye conditions that cause eye discharge.
  • Babies who contract gonorrhea from their mothers through childbirth tend to have eye difficulties, including discharge.

Eye discharge may be white, yellow, or green. Yellow or green discharge usually indicates that you have a bacterial infection in your eye. A bacterial infection should be checked by a doctor and may require prescription medication or eye drops. White discharge is likely not an infection.

Eye discharge can be a symptom of a variety of eye conditions. While some can be treated at home, others require medical attention. If your eye discharge doesn’t go away or gets worse, you should see your doctor.

Some causes of goopy eyes are contagious. The following tips may help prevent some eye conditions from getting worse or spreading to others:

  • Wash your hands any time you touch your eyes or near your eyes.
  • Wash your washcloths and pillowcases regularly in hot water.
  • Don’t share eye makeup.
  • Don’t wear contact lenses longer than recommended.
  • Don’t share personal items that touch your eye (e.g., towels, eyeglasses, blankets).

How to remove bruises under the eyes quickly and permanently



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What is bruising under the eyes

Bruising under the eyes is a cosmetic problem and usually does not indicate any disease. They can be blue, purple, gray or brown depending on your skin color. Sometimes bruises are accompanied by edema – bags under the eyes, but this is not necessary.

In fact, of course, these are not bruises, such as hematomas, but translucent vessels or accumulations of melanin pigment.

Oksana Chernenko

Dermatologist, cosmetologist and trichologist at Professor Yutskovskaya’s clinic. Teacher at the School of Professor Yutskovskaya.

There are two types of circles under the eyes. The first is pigment circles, which are usually found in people with a predisposition to hyperpigmentation. For example, this is an ethnic feature of Asians and Caucasians.

The second type is “vascular”, which is what we call bruises under the eyes. But this is nothing more than a translucent circular muscle of the eye. The skin in this area is the thinnest, besides there is no good fatty layer. Therefore, the purple color of the muscle becomes noticeable.

Why bruises appear under the eyes

Bruises appear due to thinning of the skin, dilation of subcutaneous vessels or hyperpigmentation, and sometimes due to a combination of these factors.

Genetic feature

Dark circles around the eyes can simply run in the family, for example if the skin is very thin or the vessels are superficial. Also, the risk is higher in ethnically darker people.

Thin skin around the eyes

Skin may become thin with age. This is caused by a decrease in collagen production and a decrease in the fat layer underneath.


Due to lack of sleep, the skin becomes thin and dry, and the blood vessels can be seen better.


When dehydrated, the skin becomes thinner and duller, and the vessels appear brighter.


It develops due to excessive sun exposure. Especially in those who often rub their eyes, suffer from allergies or atopic dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis and allergies

In these conditions, the subcutaneous vessels dilate, so the skin appears visually darker. Sometimes, due to local inflammation, hyperpigmentation is added to this, and the shadows become even more noticeable.

Thyroid disorders

Dark circles under the eyes can be a symptom of too much or too little thyroid hormone.

How to reduce bruises under the eyes at home

It is unlikely to get rid of them completely, but it is quite possible to lighten them and reduce swelling, if any.

Get some sleep

Such a simple and such a complex advice. But if the bruises are due to fatigue and lack of sleep, this method will help best. Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep at night.

Add more pillows to the bed

This tip is more about getting rid of puffiness. If you always look a little puffy in the morning, and there is no health reason for this, you can sleep on higher pillows to avoid stagnant fluid.

Conceal with makeup

Apply color base and a little concealer to hide circles.

Apply Cold

Any cool object will do: chilled gel masks, cool teaspoons, even cloth-wrapped ice cubes.

The Cleveland Clinic website, which usually publishes noteworthy information, says that it is especially good to apply cucumbers and chilled tea bags. The former are full of moisture and vitamin C, and the latter are caffeine and antioxidants. This, of course, causes skepticism, because it is not so easy for substances to penetrate the skin. But like a cold compress – why not.

Gently massage after cleansing

You don’t need to be a pro to do this, gentle patting of your fingers is enough. This manipulation will help improve blood circulation and lymph flow.

How to get rid of bruises under the eyes

Professional cosmetic methods will help to completely get rid of the problem. Unfortunately, all of them are not cheap, they require time and rehabilitation.

Oksana Chernenko

The procedures performed by cosmetologists for circles under the eyes are aimed at eliminating skin pigmentation, if these are pigmented circles, and at tightening the skin or filling in “voids” in the case of “vascular” circles under the eyes.

Whitening agents

These are cosmetics with vitamin C and whitening ingredients such as hydroquinone and kojic acid. They lighten pigmentation.

Chemical peel

Chemical peel contains acids that exfoliate the top layers of the skin and stimulate regeneration. Thanks to this, hyperpigmentation is lightened, and the skin becomes a little thicker.


Laser treatments break down pigment, remove dilated blood vessels and tighten the skin. The effect depends on the wavelength of the laser beam.

Injections of hyaluronic acid and collagen stimulants

Skin can be made thicker with hyaluronic acid preparations. To do this, take the thinnest needle or blunt cannula and fill the gaps with gel, where there is not enough own fat. Hyaluronic acid moisturizes and improves skin quality. But remember that it also attracts water, so swelling can get worse.

Hyaluronic acid can be used in biorevitalizants or fillers. The latter have a dense structure, which allows you to restore the missing volume of soft tissues. Biorevitalizants are needed in order to stimulate the production of your own hyaluronic acid.

Oksana Chernenko

Usually we prescribe the following procedures:

  • biorevitalization;
  • collagen injection;
  • contouring of this area.

Contouring is considered one of the most difficult procedures in this area: if the technique is not correct, the filler will be contoured in the form of blue areas. This is called the Tyndall effect.

Plasma injections

Plasma therapy is injections of your own platelet-rich plasma. To do this, the blood is collected in a test tube and spun in a special centrifuge so that it is divided into layers.

Plasma therapy has a stimulating effect: collagen and hyaluronic acid are more actively produced in the skin.

Apparatus procedures

Apparatus procedures can also be used to tighten the skin.

Oksana Chernenko

For circles under the eyes, we usually prescribe radio wave or ultrasonic lifting. These treatments heat the deep layers of the skin, speed up blood flow and increase metabolism to trigger natural synthetic actions, especially collagen formation.


If no other methods have worked, eyelid surgery remains. The surgeon will remove excess skin and fat sacs that make the look heavy.

How to prevent bruising under the eyes

Dark circles cannot always be prevented. But small lifestyle changes will definitely not be harmful:

  • do not forget to apply sunscreen on the face, including around the eyes, and wear sunglasses;
  • go to bed before midnight and get at least 7 hours of sleep each night;
  • try to cope with chronic stress;
  • reduce the consumption of alcohol, but rather give it up, as it dilates blood vessels and causes blood stasis in them;
  • quit smoking because it reduces collagen production and makes skin dull and dry.

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How to quickly get rid of bruises under the eyes and swelling

How to quickly get rid of bruises under the eyes and swelling

It happens that when preparing for an exam or finalizing an annual report, it was not possible to sleep.

Or in the morning after watching a too touching movie or a sudden desire to eat salted fish for the night, swelling of the eyes suddenly appeared. What to do in such situations and how to quickly remove swelling and bruising?

Bruises under the eyes

Let’s say right away that you can quickly remove only sudden bruises. If dark spots under the eyes have been holding on for a long time, the only way to urgently get rid of them is decorative cosmetics, and specifically concealer. It is better not to use foundation – it has a too dense texture, which can only make the situation worse.

In addition, pay attention to the color of the concealer – yellow concealer is usually chosen to lighten dark circles under the eyes. If the circles have a reddish tint, it is better to use a green color.

Eliminate the effects of a sleepless night will help:

Cosmetics – moisturizing masks, patches with a tonic effect, which intensively affect the skin and actively saturate it with useful elements. It is better to store them in the refrigerator for greater effectiveness. A lotion with cornflower extract can help – you can soak a couple of cotton pads with it or freeze it in ice molds.

Folk remedies

  • Ice – a method that has long established itself as a way to get rid of bruises (and swelling) – cold helps constrict blood vessels under the eyes that contribute to bruising . Ice can be made from ordinary water, herbal infusions or, for example, green tea. But instead of ice, you can use any product from the freezer or a chilled teaspoon;
  • Contrasting wash — they help relieve eye fatigue. The main thing is that the water is not too hot or cold;
  • Herbal compresses – infusions of chamomile, cornflower or dill. They can be applied immediately after contrast washes;
  • Potato – some rub it and wrap it in gauze, others just cut a slice and put it on the eyes, the difference is only in convenience;
  • Crushed Aloe Leaf – Moisturizes and nourishes the skin. Theoretically, you can use aloe gel instead of a fresh plant, if you have it.
  • Tea bag – tea contains caffeine, which improves blood circulation. It is better to pre-brew the bags and put them in the refrigerator, then the effect will be stronger.
  • Cucumber wedge – vegetable contains a lot of water, which means it will help moisturize the skin. If you take it out of the fridge, cucumber can be an alternative to a cold compress.
  • Hot shower — steam will steam the skin, improve blood flow and lymph flow.

Gymnastics for the eyes – will relieve muscle fatigue, which often leads to the appearance of dark circles. You can just draw an imaginary eight with your eyes.

Massage around the eyes – the main thing here is not to stretch or rub the skin, massage should be done only after applying the cream. To get rid of dark circles and swelling, the cream is distributed from the inner corner of the eye along the upper eyelid and from the outer to the inner – along the lower eyelid. This will help increase lymphatic drainage. You can also gently tap the skin with your fingertips.

In general, to get rid of bruises under the eyes, you need to rest more and be in the fresh air, use gadgets less, get rid of bad habits, avoid dehydration, and eat right. You can eat more blackcurrants, blueberries, blackberries and chokeberries, especially in season. It is also important to choose the right cosmetics.


Most often the eyes swell in the morning after tears in the evening or after eating something very salty or spicy. It is better to go to bed a couple of hours after tears, and before going to bed, do not drink a lot of water. This will help improve the situation in the morning.

When waking up, first open the window, take 10 deep breaths and exhale so that the body is saturated with oxygen. And now you can already drink water – at least a glass. Here again you need ice – it will remove puffiness and redness. You can also use cold patches with caffeine or green tea extract. Various masks can also be used – with aloe, hyaluronic acid, coconut milk or chamomile.

Folk remedies – lotions with what can be found at home:

  • With milk – just moisten two cotton pads with it and apply to closed eyes for 7-10 minutes;
  • With olive oil and rosemary – dilute a teaspoon of oil and a drop of rosemary and apply on the upper eyelid and under the eyes. The main thing is that the mixture does not get on the mucous membrane. You can remove excess oil with a napkin in just a minute;
  • Potato, tea, or cucumber – same procedure as for bruises. Apply them for 10-15 minutes and traces of edema will disappear;
  • Egg white – beat until the consistency of thick sour cream and apply to the skin around the eyes. Before rinsing, it is better to soak the mask with water;
  • Herbal decoctions – mint, chamomile, calendula;
  • Parsley – place chopped greens on a bandage or gauze and apply to the eyes.