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How bad can an eyelash scratch your eye?

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

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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?

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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How does color contacts scratch your cornea?

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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How can you tell if you scratched your cornea?

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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I scratched my cornea. What do I do?

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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How can I tell if there's a scratch on my cornea?

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?

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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How to get help for a cornea scratch?

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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What can happen if you scratch your cornea?

What can happen if you scratch your cornea?

Pain, vision loss: The cornea is quite painful when scratched and gets very light sensitive. Most will self correct in a relatively short time but you should seek ophthalmological attention to avoid extension, infection and recurrence. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a scratch on my cornea?

Yes - you can: Corneas can be scratched from trauma, such as with an finger nail or any foreign object. If you suspect a scratched cornea, you should be seen by an eye care professional and examined. Treatments can include topical antibiotics and even a bandage contact lens. But you should see your eye doctor to determine if you have a scratched cornea (corneal abrasion). ...Read more

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