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Corneal Abrasion

A corneal abrasion is a scratch or injury on the front surface of the eye called the cornea. This can be due to various factors. Here is some information to help you better understand and manage a corneal abrasion.

Causes and risk factors: 

  • Foreign objects such as sand, particles, or metal entering the eye.

  • Improper use or handling of contact lenses.

  • Accidental injury or trauma to the eye such as getting poked in the eye.

  • Rubbing the eye vigorously.


  • Eye pain or discomfort, ranging from mild to very severe.

  • Redness.

  • Light sensitivity (photophobia).

  • Blurred vision or decreased visual acuity.

  • A foreign body sensation/grittiness in the eye.


  • Discontinuing contact lens wear until cleared by your eye doctor.

  • Avoid rubbing the eyes as this can further irritate the cornea.

  • Antibiotic drops or ointments to help prevent infections.

  • Lubricating eye drops to keep the eye moist and promote healing.

  • Using a medical eye patch or bandage contact lens to aid in healing. 


Corneal abrasions usually heal within a few days to a week depending on the size and severity of the injury. During this time, it is important to follow any instructions given to you by your eye doctor and to keep up with follow-up appointments.

A corneal abrasion can be a very painful and uncomfortable condition. It is important to seek professional medical advice if you suspect you have one. By following the instructions of your eye doctor, you can help promote healing of the eye, minimize discomfort, and reduce the risk of complications and infections.


If you suspect that you may have a corneal abrasion, it is important to seek medical attention from an eye care professional. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.


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