Corneal injuries

Corneal Abrasion

Corneal abrasion is an injury or scratch of the cornea. Your cornea can be scratched by contact with dust, dirt, sand, wood shavings, metal particles, contact lenses or even the edge of a piece of paper. Corneal abrasions caused by plant matter (such as a pine needle) usually require special attention as they can cause a delayed inflammation inside the eye (iritis).

Refrain from wearing contact lenses over the abrasion as it might lead to an infection.
  • Symptoms
  • Eye pain

    • In one eye

    • Occurs or worsens with eye movement

    • Sudden

    common

    Feeling something in the eye

    common

    Red eye

    • In one eye

    common

    Flow of tears

    common

    Intolerance to light

    common

    Blurred vision

    common

  • Risk factors
  • Recent eye or eyelid injury or trauma

    or Sun light exposure

    or Exposure to toxic chemicals

    High-risk occupation/activity

  • Treatment
  • In case of corneal abrasion, seek prompt medical attention. Left untreated, it could become infected and result in a corneal ulcer. Immediate steps you can take for a corneal abrasion are to: 1-Rinse your eye with clean water or a saline solution: corneal abrasion is typically treated with lubrication to keep the eyes moist. 2-Blink several times. 3-As a precaution, even superficial abrasions sometimes are treated with antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection during healing. 4-If you use contact lenses, don't wear them while your eye is healing. Superficial corneal abrasions tend to heal quickly — usually within two or three days.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Corneal injuries, then a visit to an ophthalmologist is highly recommended.

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