Causes and Cures for Corneal Abrasions

Do you have a corneal abrasion? The name sounds rather technical but, simply put, a corneal abrasion is a scratch on the cornea. This can occur for many reasons, including being poked in eye, dust becoming trapped under the eyelid, an infection, rubbing the eye too aggressively, and even dirty contacts. If you have a corneal abrasion, contact us to find a Leading Medical Clinics of the World® doctor in your area. Because we incorporate such a rigorous evaluation process, you know you’ll be getting the best of the best.

Corneal abrasions can lead to long term complications and vision problems if they aren’t properly treated. We’ll help you find a top medical clinic near you.

Do I Have a Corneal Abrasion? What Are the Symptoms?

Are you worried that you may have a corneal abrasion? Look for these signs and symptoms.

  • Feels like you have sand in the eye
  • Eye pain, especially when opening and closing the eyelids
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurry vision
  • Vision loss

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms and are concerned that you have a corneal abrasion, contact us. We’ll help you find a qualified doctor so you can get the help you need.

Treatment Options for Corneal Abrasions

Many corneal abrasions heal on their own with no long term problems. However, abrasions can get infected—especially deep ones—and should always be evaluated by a doctor. Your doctor may recommend no treatment or may suggest one or more of the following options:

  • Antibiotic eye drops
  • Pain medications
  • Eye patch
  • Medicated eye drops

While your eye is healing, you should avoid contacts and rubbing the eye. The amount of recovery time you’ll need will vary depending on the severity of the scratch. Minor scratches often heal in just 2-3 days, but deeper scratches may require a longer recovery period.

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