A 45-year-old member asked:
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could a scratched eye cause blindness?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Unlikely: Most eyes with scratches have a defect produced in the corneal epithelium which is quite painful but heals well. The scratch would have to penetrate the eye or cause a progressive infection for the eye to proceed to blindness. And the person would have to ignore the symptoms of these and not get help.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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