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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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How bad can an eyelash scratch your eye?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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How bad can an eyelash scratch your eye?

Superficial: Ordinary eyelashes point outwards away from the eye. Sometimes an aberrant lash will grow towards the eye and this also is a common even from chemical or mechanical trauma causing backward growth. This creates a superficial, but uncomfortable partial abrasion of the cornea. It does not get deep enough to threaten the vision. Lid surgery can eliminate this. ...Read more

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Scratching (Definition)

Scratching is a symptom in which a person runs his fingernails or some other firm object over an itchy part of his skin, while trying to relieve his itching. Scratching an area too much can lead to a skin rash which itches even more. Scratching to the point of breaking the skin can lead to ...Read more


Dr. Angie Wen
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I have intermittant pain in my eye that feels similiar to a scratched cornea-no visual disturbance. What could this be a symptom of?

Dr. Angie Wen
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I have intermittant pain in my eye that feels similiar to a scratched cornea-no visual disturbance. What could this be a symptom of?

See an eye doctor: It could be dry eye, a scratched cornea, a foriegn body in the eye, or possibly an infection. If you've had a scratched cornea in that same eye before, sometimes the area of old injury can intermittantly open back up to give a similar foreign body sensation. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Seegers
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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I get a lot of eyelashes in my eye, I can get them out easily with drops or just blink them out but I live in constant fear they will scratch my corne?

Dr. Edward Seegers
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I get a lot of eyelashes in my eye, I can get them out easily with drops or just blink them out but I live in constant fear they will scratch my corne?

Hair in eye: Hello Norma, no you should have no fear about that and you doing the right thing to irrigate the eye to get the eye-lash out. You can buy Tears Naturale at the pharmacy and use this to irrigate the eye. If a hair was caught under a contact lens for a long time that could scratch the cornea but that would so irritating you would get it out pronto ! thanks ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Feels like something is in my upper eyelids, like eyelash (assuming) but can't get it. It feels like a cactus scratching my eye. Got finished crying:/?

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Feels like something is in my upper eyelids, like eyelash (assuming) but can't get it. It feels like a cactus scratching my eye. Got finished crying:/?

If no help irrigatin: g your eyes under the faucet, it's time to go to your eye doctor, and have your kid exerted to remove the lash or foreign object. For now until you get there, you can use OTC Artificial tear lubricating gel to reduce the irritation. Don't delay! Or your cornea or conjunctiva will feel irritated. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. David Chandler
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How does color contacts scratch your cornea?

Dr. David Chandler
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How does color contacts scratch your cornea?

Not color related: The color of a contact lens does not affect the cornea. However, the lens itself may have a defect, or something may be under the contact lens causing a scratch on the cornea. If a scratch occurs, the lens should not be worn and the eye should be checked if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Janigian
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How can you tell if you scratched your cornea?

Dr. Robert Janigian
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How can you tell if you scratched your cornea?

Very painful!: The cornea has a very high concentration of nerve endings so even a small scratch will be very painful. The eye will be irritated, watery, red and light sensitive. It will feel better when the eye is closed. However, the pain fibers may be damaged in some people who have diabetes or herpes infections making the cornea relatively insensitive - initial symptoms may be minimal. ...Read more

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Dr. James Eitner
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I scratched my cornea. What do I do?

Dr. James Eitner
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Saline & Patch: You can use Normal Saline eye drops (not visine) and cover the eye to llimit the use. If it is still painful in the morning, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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How can I tell if there's a scratch on my cornea?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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PAIN: Unless there is something wrong with your cornea sensation, then the major symptom is pain which can be very attention getting. If you have no pain, you probably don't have an abrasion ...Read more

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Can there be any chance that the contacts make scratch on my cornea?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Can there be any chance that the contacts make scratch on my cornea?

Unlikely: Corneal scratches in relation to contact lenses are usually due to the fingernails when inserting or removing a lens. If your eye feels scratched while wearing a contact lens, it might be infected or have some foreign object underneath. Take the lens out and if the symptoms persist, see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Khachikian
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How to get help for a cornea scratch?

Dr. Stephen Khachikian
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How to get help for a cornea scratch?

Depends: This depends on the cause of the scratch. If it is still bothersome after a day or so then you should see your eye doctor. They will likely place you on drops to prevent infection , minimize dryness and and speed healing, these should heal reltively rapidly. ...Read more

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