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A 41-year-old member asked:

how do i know i have a scratched cornea?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Corneal abrasion: Corneal abrasions are very painful, cause blurred vision and light sensitivity, and most often caused by trauma or foreign body. See an eye doctor.
Dr. Matthew Rauen
Ophthalmology 15 years experience
Pain and water: Pain, watering, foreign body sensation are classic symptoms. However these are symptoms for other conditions as well. An exam of the eye is needed for definitive diagnosis.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can I wear contacts with a scratched cornea?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Maybe: Sometimes, we use a bandage soft contact lens with antibiotics to reduce pain and irritation in patients with corneal abrasions. As a matter of practice, most patients should wear glasses until completely healed. Best to check with your ophthalmologist.
A 50-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
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't risk it!
A 43-year-old member asked:

Any home remedy for a scratched cornea?

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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Saline & Patch: You can use Normal Saline eye drops (not visine) and cover the eye to llimit the use. If it is still painful in the morning, see your doctor.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for scratched cornea to heal?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 34 years experience
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 also need to be concerned that there is still not a foreign body present in the eye or the eye becomes infected. If your vision is affected, the pain increases, symptoms not improving, the eye is getting more red or is matted in the am, see your doc.
A 39-year-old member asked:

I think i scratched my cornea. How do I know?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
It hurts: Scratched corneas are painful, often very painful.

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