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Can You Swim With A Corneal Abrasion
Corneal Abrasion (Scratch) (Definition)
Occurs when there is a painful scratch to the surface of the clear part of the eye, which is called the cornea. It can be painful and may feel as if there is sand in the eye. One should seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more
A scratched cornea: The cornea is the clear dome shaped tissue that is in the front of the eye. When you scratch the cornea, you have damaged the surface layer or epithelial cells. It will cause tearing, redness, light sensitivity and blurry vision until it heal. Healing times vary but in general range from 1-4 days.See 2 more doctor answers
Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.
Usually injury: The most common cause for corneal abrasion is trauma, usually something striking the front surface of the eye like a fingernail, hairbrush, or tree branch. Other causes include corneal dystrophies, severe dry eye, eye surgery, contact lens removal, and many others. Most can be treated with drops to help the pain and prevent infection, although bandage contact lenses or patching may be required.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Dye staining test: Best test to search for a corneal abrasion is a slit-lamp exam by an ophthalmologist, usually accompanied by staining of the tear film with a yellow-green dye called fluorescein, and shining a blue light (cobalt blue) on the eye to look for dye uptake. Treatment can range from just drops, to patching of the eye, to a special "bandage" contact lens, depending on the size of the abrasion symptoms.See 1 more doctor answer
K abrasion: This is an injury of the surface layer of the cornea called the epithelium as a result of a cut or scratch. This may be secondary to a fingernail, paper cut, tree branch, etc.See 1 more doctor answer
See ophthalmologist: A corneal abrasion is the loss of the overlying skin on the cornea, the window that lets light into the front of the eye. They are usually quite painful. Your ophthalmologist should see this, and may use eyedrops, a therapeutic contact lense and sometimes patching. Healing is usually rapid in 1-2 days unless there is a problem. Try not to treat this yourself.See 3 more doctor answers
Pain: Corneal abrasions are usually quite painful, although smaller ones can cause more of a foreign body sensation. In addition, the eye will usually become inflamed and red in the white part, and tear copiously. Sensitivity to light and blurred vision are often present as well. A prompt exam by an ophthalmologist is important to assess the injury, and prevent secindary problems like infection.See 1 more doctor answer
Hurts: This is a loss of the protective skin covering the cornea. The cornea is well endowed with pain fibers and an abrasion will hurt significantly. If the history suggests an abrasion (i just scraped my eye; the edge of a paper hit my eye; a tree branch swung into my eye, etc.), and the eye hurts an abrasion is likely. See an er doctor or an ophthalmologist for treatment.
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