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How long does it take for a scratched cornea to completely heal

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
43 years experience Family Medicine
12-24 hours: A simple corneal abrasion will heal in 12-24 hours. If you are still having pain after this, you may need to see your health care professional. Don' ... Read More
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Usually 24 hours: Sometimes longer for a large abrasion. Recurrent erosion is also possible, when the healed cornea erodes and leads to a fresh abrasion.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Khachikian
21 years experience Ophthalmology
2-7 days: Depending on the severity this will usually take between one day and one week.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Eitner
34 years experience Family Medicine
Typically, 24 hours: The cornea turns over new cells every 24 hours, so typically a scratch will heal withing 24-48 hours, depending on how deep the scratch may be. You a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
28 years experience Ophthalmology
Corneal abrasion: Depends on the size. The larger the abrasion, the longer it takes the corneal epithelial cells to grow across the abrasion surface and heal. For a s ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
38 years experience Radiology
Yes: Your body is quite remarkable.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: Could be a couple days to a week.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eran Kessous
22 years experience Sports Medicine
10-14 days: This is a very conservative answer. You could probably could start after a week.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
19 years experience Retinal Surgery
See below: Do not use contacts again until an eye doctor examines you and clears you to do so. Otherwise you risk a recurrent corneal abrasion (scratch) or corne ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
21 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Antibiotic ointment can be a good treatment for a corneal abrasion by providing antibiotic prophylaxis and lubrication to the area. This choice can b ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
38 years experience Radiology
I think this: Helps make yoru eye feel better. Might also prevent some infections.

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