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Black eye. Woman with a black eye (periorbital bruising) after bumping her head. Black eyes are caused by injuries that rupture small blood vessels in the skin near the eyes. Overtime the blood breaks down and the bruise fades. Black eyes are usually left to heal naturally, although a cold compress may help to relieve discomfort.
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