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How long will it take for my corneal ulcer to heal

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Several days: If the ulcer is being properly treated with antibiotics, then your ulcer should rapidly heal. Keep the contact lens out during this time. I assume y ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Few days-wk: If it is a traumatic ulcer from direct trauma 2 the cornea and not infective, i would add tobramycin/stearoid oint and patch over nite. Then tobra/ ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Weeks: Keep your eye patched, wear dark glasses, figure 2-3 weeks as a minimum.Wite spot should be checked by your doctor.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Usually rapidly: Corneal ulcer, an infected spot on the cornea, is treated with antibiotics which penetrate directly into the infected spot. Response is rapid and mos ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yale Kanter
60 years experience Ophthalmology
Eye infection: With appropriate therapy a few days, but continue with the drops for 5 - 7 days to prevent a recurrence.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
20 years experience Ophthalmology
Few days usually: It depends on the area of the abrasion and how deep it is. Usually the area will heal 50% every day so a small abrasion will heal fairly fast. Large ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Eitner
33 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 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 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
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience Family Medicine
1 week: Usually it takes a week. You can apply an ice pack, 10 minutes on/10 minutes off. You can also use arnica gel, a homeopathic remedy [apply carefully ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Depends: Healing depends on what caused the injury, how badly the eye is damaged and what treatment has beem started. Resting the eye is usually helpful too.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
17 years experience Dermatology
It depends: Depends on how large and how deep the injury is. Can sometimes takes a few days, and sometimes take several weeks.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Khachikian
20 years experience Ophthalmology
2-7 days: Depending on the severity this will usually take between one day and one week.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
6 to 8 wks: Typically for gastric/duodenal ulcers, recommended treatment with an acid-blocker for about 6-8 wks for complete healing. Mild cases may need less tim ... Read More
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Omega Edwards
18 years experience Infectious Disease
Varies: In the ideal situation it would take about 10 to 14 days. There are many variables that contribute to the rate of healing for each person. Because of ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Pinto
34 years experience Ophthalmology
Corneal abrasion: If you have scratched your cornea (creating a "corneal abrasion"), your cornea often heals within 24-72 hours. Healing time may be longer, however, if ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Sexton
38 years experience Plastic Surgery
Size important: Pressure sores usually occur in debilitated patients. To get them to heal one needs to keep them clean with frequent dressing changes, improve nutriti ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Rapidly: The most common event in a scratched eye is corneal abrasion - the loss of a portion of the corneal surface from trauma. These heal extremely rapidly ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Simple Care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
PPI: Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec will definitely help to clear it up. Healing time is generally 4-6 weeks.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Earl Sandroff
42 years experience Dentistry
Patience...: Most mouth ulcers are a virus that will run its course. If you do nothing they usually go away in 14 days. If you try to put something on them, the ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Rapidly mostly: Corneal ulcers detected in a timely manner respond rapidly to treatment with no residual effects. However if the ulcer is in the center of the cornea ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Tomeo
37 years experience Dermatology
Weeks to months: Most healing occurs within 2 weeks but "final" healing can take 6-12 months.
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