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Can corneal abrasions lead to blindness?

Can corneal abrasions lead to blindness?

Rarely: Very rarely do corneal abrasions lead to a permanent loss of vision - this is usually from a subsequent infection that is not treated quickly. Usually, abrasions heal with either no vision loss or very mild vision changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


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In what way can corneal abrasions lead to blindness?

In what way can corneal abrasions lead to blindness?

Unlikely: Corneal abrasions are a loss of the surface skin of the cornea, usually just a small portion. Healing usually is rapid and complete. Rarely there can be scarring, and if it is central can affect focusing. If neglected, infection is possible which might lead to vision loss. Abrasions are extremely common, and vision changes afterwards are very rare. ...Read more

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How can corneal abrasions lead to eventual blindness?

How can corneal abrasions lead to eventual blindness?

Infection/perf: One possibility is that the abrasion leads to an infection that then causes permanent damage to the eye. Another possibility is that the abrasion penetrated into the cornea and caused internal damage that could lead to vision loss. ...Read more

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How bad must a case of corneal abrasions be, when left untreated, for it to lead to blindness?

Not by itself: Corneal abrasion, even completly removing the outer lining will not lead to blindness even if untreated (although it will be painful for a while) Only if the abraded surface gets infected, or the abrasion is caused by an agent like lye or causes damage deeper than the surface, can vision be affected in the long run. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a scratched cornea to lead to blindness?

Is it possible for a scratched cornea to lead to blindness?

Well I am not: An eye doctor. Scratched corneas usually heal. They genberally do not lead to blindness. As for possible - anything is possible. ...Read more

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I have a corneal defect, and was tld by a specialist, that i need corneal transplant, but i don't wanna, would i become totally blind if i don't do it?

Probably not: Your vision and/or pain may get worse, but regardless of the condition, you are unlikely to become completely blind. The purpose of a corneal transplant is to improve vision or decrease pain. Seek a second opinion if that will help with your decision regarding a corneal transplant. ...Read more

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Corneal disease can make a person blind eventually?

Corneal disease can make a person blind eventually?

Probably not: There are a huge number of different corneal diseases ranging from mild to severe. None can cause complete blindness but some can lead to legal blindness, especially if untreated. Most can be treated either medically or surgically. See your eye doctor for consultation and accurate prognosis. ...Read more

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I was wondering if a person can donate their own cornea while still living? And if so would that person then become blind?

No/yes: I cannot imagine a setting where a reputable eye surgeon would remove a cornea from a living donor.Such a surgery would blind that patient & cause an opening in the eyeball that could quickly become infected & lead to death. ...Read more

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Can stem cells cure a blind patient who has a failed corneal transplant before?

Can stem cells cure a blind patient who has a failed corneal transplant before?

Possibly: If the patient has a corneal limbal stem cell deficiency then a transplant may be beneficial. Ask your corneal surgeon. ...Read more

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I seen on news about pig eyes for cornea damage. Will it work for me I blind in right eye from coats disease when I was 3?

I seen on news about pig eyes for cornea damage. Will it work for me I blind in right eye from coats disease when I was 3?

Coats disease: Coats disease is a disease of the retina- back of the eye. The news you mentioned was about cornea transplants with pig eyes. The cornea is on top of the pupil on the outside of the eye. So cornea transplant will not help coats disease. ...Read more

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My husband blind in one eye (cornea ripped when was a kid) what treatments can he do to preserve health of the other eye? thank you

My husband blind in one eye (cornea ripped when was a kid) what treatments can he do to preserve health of the other eye? thank you

Protection: Those blind in one eye are more vulnerable in the other. This is not because it is being "used" more - it will not wear out. But it is now the leading eye and the leading eye is more often injured. Your husband should always have safety glasses on hand, never do things like hammer nails without these on. He should curb his agression as fighting is also a cause of eye injury. ...Read more

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What is a corneal transplant? Can it restore the eye sight of a person who is partially blind?

What is a corneal transplant? Can it restore the eye sight of a person who is partially blind?

Yes, it can restore: vision, but it's a big procedure and needs to be done and managed by a corneal specialist who's familiar with doing the procedure and management. Post transplant care is important. ...Read more

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When is a complete cornea transplant necessary? I got hit in my left eye with a baseball a few years ago. Ever since, my vision in that eye has been increasingly blurry. It's safe to say that I am legally blind in that left eye. I've been told a complete

When is a complete cornea transplant necessary? I got hit in my left eye with a baseball a few years ago. Ever since, my vision in that eye has been increasingly blurry. It's safe to say that I am legally blind in that left eye. I've been told a complete

After : After an injury that you have had you want to have someone look at cataract development and also see if the inside layer of cells are damaged in your cornea and then you would want to have a retinal specialist evaluate your retina to be sure there is no internal damage to the retina prior to having your procedure. Good luck with your findings and surgery. ...Read more

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19 years old with a cornea scar on my left eye, they offered surgery at age 4 but parents refused. I'm almost blind now, can they do the surgery now?

19 years old with a cornea scar on my left eye, they offered surgery at age 4 but parents refused. I'm almost blind now, can they do the surgery now?

Hi Marie, we: answered your question previously. Your best option is to see an ophthalmologist who can evaluate what to do with your amblyopic eye (the one that has a corneal scar) & to insure your 'good eye' rendering you monovision for now is always protected & has good vision.It's difficult when you're faced with having to determine what to do now with your eyes. Your eye doc will give you the best options. ...Read more

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Would moving the cornea lead to loss of vision?

Would moving the cornea lead to loss of vision?

Likely: The cornea is the normally clear window of the eye, an important focusing element in your vision system. Exchanging a damaged or diseased cornea with a transplant to restore anatomy and/or vision is common. So, yes to your question if i understand it correctly. ...Read more

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Is the vision loss related to a corneal ulcer temporary?

Is the vision loss related to a corneal ulcer temporary?

Not always: If the ulceration is in the center of the cornea ANS results in scarring, there may be apermanent reduction in best corected visual acuity. ...Read more

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Corneal ulcer, what is the chance of vision loss from this?

Depends: On many factors like the type of ulcer, where the ulcer is, etc. Corneal ulcers can be potentially blinding and should be treated preferably by a corneal specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more


Abrasions (Definition)

An abrasion is a wound caused by superficial damage to skin no deeper than dermis or mucous membrane.It is less severe than laceratin and bleeding ...Read more