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A 54-year-old member asked:

how do people treat corneal abrasion?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 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 54 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 32-year-old member asked:

Can I continue to wear contacts while I am healing from a corneal abrasion?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
No: An abrasion on the cornea is a site of potential infection so it's a good idea not to irritate the cornea further with a contact lens. Sometime we need to place a bandage contact lens for very large or recurrent abrasions but we follow the patient closely and add antibiotic drops. What for clearance from your ophthalmologist before going back to contacts.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How long after a corneal abrasion can I start to wear contacts again?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Healed: Best to let it heal first (time dependent on how large and if the eye sensation, tear film, and lid positions are intact). Also make sure there is no infection.
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In some cases, wearing a contact lens is actually the treatment for a corneal abrasion. This is called a "bandage" and prevents the eye lid from disturbing the healing tissue by moving across the abrasion. Check in with your eye doctor about this.
Dec 5, 2014
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A 42-year-old member asked:

I have a corneal abrasion, what should I do?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Doctor can check eye: A very mild corneal abrasion can be cared for by a primary care doctor. If one's symptoms are worse than just mild, an ophthalmologist can evaluate and treat the abrasion. Generally, the doctor will prescribe some antibiotic eye drops to use for a couple of days, and the doctor may patch the eye so one won't move the eyeball around as much. Contact lens should not be worn until the eye is well.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to swim with a corneal abrasion?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
No: A corneal abrasion is a defect in the clear skin over the cornea called the epithelium. This is an open wound and has potential for infection. Stay away from swimming until you are completely healed.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you ge corneal abrasion due to contact lenses?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not common: Contact lens problems include overwear, infection, intolerance, eyedryness, and vascular ingrowth. Abrasion would not occur from these so the only likely means to get an abrasion with a contact is during the act of putting it in or taking it out.

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