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What is the difference between a corneal erosion and a corneal abrasion

A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Erosion is deeper: Corneal abrasion is a scratch that damaged the top layer of cells on the cornea. Often after a doctor checks it, antibiotic drops are used, and the ab ... Read More
Dr. Christopher Hood
14 years experience Ophthalmology
Basically the same: This is a semantics issue. An erosion and abrasion are a loss of the surface epithelium of the cornea, the front clear surface of the eye. They imply ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Different cause: Both of these cause defects on the corneal surface. Abrasions usually are caused by trauma of some sort, while erosions are usually metabolic and cau ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Wong
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Easy Answer: A corneal abrasion is a scratch of the superficial layer of cells of the cornea. These cells have numerous functions, one of which is to fight infe ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Ulcer is deeper: Corneal abrasion is a scratch that damaged the top layer of cells on the cornea. Often after a doctor checks it, antibiotic drops are used, and the ab ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Scratch vs infection: Pink eye is usually and infection or allergy, and an abrasion is a scracth to the surface.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
20 years experience Ophthalmology
Surface vs infection: Usually a corneal abrasion is just a scrape on the surface layer of the cornea. These tend to heal and are self limited depending on size. A cornea ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Carlin
49 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends : Depends on the size and the cause. Most traumatic abrasions heal in a day or two. If caused NT something toxic, infectious or neurotrophic, could take ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kira
20 years experience Ophthalmology
Sometimes: For large and very painful abrasions the loose corneal epithelium may need to be removed, a bandage contact lens applied with topical antibiotics. So ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
18 years experience Retinal Surgery
See an eye doctor: See an eye doctor right away. You may need topical antibiotic treatment to prevent a serious infection.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Occasional: A corneal abrasion is a disturbance of the surface of the cornea which is covered in a clear layer of tissue. Abrasions are caused by trauma (direct ... Read More

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