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A 54-year-old member asked:

How do people treat corneal abrasion?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Pain relief ,etc.: A corneal abrasion, a loss of the superficial skin over the clear window at the front of the eye, is usually quite painful. After confirming that is the diagnosis, and there are no other problems, you might be treated with topical antibiotics, pain relieving medication and some will apply a therapeutic contact lens or even patch the eye to relieve it. Healing is usually rapid in 1-2 days.
Dr. Kenneth Miller
Ophthalmology 55 years experience
Get comfortable: Antibiotic drops and if large or very uncomfortable a bandage or soft contact lens for one or two days. Follow up to be certain no infection, especially if occurred in garden. Remove contact in 1-2 days.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How to treat conjunctivitis and corneal abrasion?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Get medical help: Conjunctivitis is an infection of the membrane that lines the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. This is commonly viral or bacterial. Antibiotic and / or anti-inflammatory eye drops can be used, once a diagnosis is made. It is usually very contagious. A corneal abrasion is a scratch of the cornea, which is clear. This is painful, and may require patching, antibiotics, and ointment.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How do you treat someone with a corneal abrasion?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Roberto Beraja
42 years experience
Depends on abrasion: It all depends how big and how deep the abrasion is. If we are talking about superficial, small corneal abrasion, the best treatment is lots of lubrication with artificial tears. If we are dealing with a large, and deep abrasion, patient might need a bandage contact lens until full re-epithelization of the corneal cells, and also antibiotic drops to prevent an infection.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Do lots of people get corneal abrasion, or is it unusual?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
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 hits), or scratching usually accidental and by situations in the workplace when safety glasses should have been worn. It happens a lot, most heal quickly but some require ophthalmological attention.

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Last updated Mar 22, 2013

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