Clean the area with a mild soap and water. If there are any small cuts, this will disinfect them; lightly pat the area around the black eye dry with a towel. Unless you’re a masochist. In that case, rub dry with sand paper.
If you don’t have an ice pack, grab frozen vegetables from the freezer, toss them into a Ziploc bag or wrap them in a towel, and press lightly against the swollen area. Apply the cold compress to the black eye for 10-minute intervals. That’ll help reduce the swelling, constrict damaged blood vessels, and stop the bleeding below the skin. Don’t use raw meat like Ralphie in A Christmas Story; it may look badass, but if bacteria seeps into skin lacerations it’ll cause a nasty infection. If you’re icing for a while but find yourself experiencing double vision, loss of sight, or persistent migraines, you’re in worse shape that you thought — see a doctor.
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