According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coloration of black eyes is influenced by blood released from capillaries and trapped under the skin, as well as breakdown products of hemoglobin in the blood.
In the case of black eyes, blood is never really black. It's dark purple and green. The color of the pooled blood is magnified by loose and transparent skin around the eyes, making a bruise there darker than it is on other parts of the body.
Whom can I contact to enroll in a defensive driving course, such as AARP's 55 Alive?
The AARP's 55 Alive course is offered in Lawrence. For more information, contact Douglas County Senior Services at 842-0543. Undersheriff Don Schwartz, an instructor, said that two courses have already been scheduled in May -- May 13-14 and May 27-28. Each course runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for two days. The cost is $8. Courses are open to the public and are held at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.