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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
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with a corneal abrasion yesterday (it happened 2 days ago). Its not getting any better. Do i need to go back to the ER or doctor?
Doctor: See an ophthalmologist. Concern for infection or recurrent erosion. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain: Corneal abrasion, a loss of the cellular skin covering the cornea at some point, is intensely painful causing striking redness, and light sensitivity. Most who have one don't question the diagnosis but cry out for help. See your ophthalmolgist right away if you suspect this condition. ...Read more
Trauma: Corneal abrasion is a loss of the skin on the surface of the cornea. It is very painful and usually the cause is obvious - a scrape to the eye from paper, a fingernail, a plant branch and objects flying into the eye. It is treated by protecting the eye with antibiotics, pain relief and allowing the new skin to grow in which happens usually in less than a day. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Topical medication: An abrasion is a break in the skin of the cornea. It is painful and frequently lowers the vision. If persistent, you should see your ophthalmologist. He may recommend topical antibiotics, bandage contact lenses, patching and topical lubricant eyedrops. Most abrasions heal quickly and will generally do better with expert care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually Overnight: Amber, If you had an uncomplicated corneal abeasion, not caused by contact lens wear, you should be feeling better by the next day. Do not rub the eye or you could re-abrade the cornea. If you are a contact lens wearer, have significant and/or increasing pain and/or light sensitivity, that is not normal and needs to be seen ASAP. ...Read more
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