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How Long After A Corneal Abrasion Can I Start To Wear Contacts Again
Healed: Best to let it heal first (time dependent on how large and if the eye sensation, tear film, and lid positions are intact). Also make sure there is no infection. ...Read more
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
Need to see your doc: Changes in the cornea can occur after an abrasion. Only your eye doctor can examine this under the microscope (slit lamp) to determine whether your eye is fully healed, and can advise you on continuing contact lens wear. ...Read more
Maybe: If it had been a very tiny abrasion and it had healed in 1 day with no residual dryness or other issues, then the eye might be ready to restart contact lens wear. ...Read more
No: Best not to, increased chance for infection, may worsen abrasion during self placement and removal. Though sometimes a bandage contact lens is placed to help with the pain for a large abrasion. ...Read more
Not common: Contact lens problems include overwear, infection, intolerance, eyedryness, and vascular ingrowth. Abrasion would not occur from these so the only likely means to get an abrasion with a contact is during the act of putting it in or taking it out. ...Read more
No: Should not since the contact lens may be torn or have some problem if it caused an abrasion. ...Read more
Contact lens wear: Usually when the eyes are back to feeling normal and the patient has been off antibiotics for 48 hours it should be safe to resume contact lens wear (with a new contact) if the contact could be implicated in the source of discomfort. Such is the case of infection, rather than abrasion. ...Read more
Depends: You want to make sure you're completely heled before doing so. Check back with an eye doctor/exam. ...Read more
Corneal abrasion: Depends on the size. The larger the abrasion, the longer it takes the corneal epithelial cells to grow across the abrasion surface and heal. For a small linear abrasion the healing can take place within 24 hours. For a very large abrasion (several millimeters in diameter) it takes several days. ...Read more
Eye drops: You should follow up with your primary care physician, most physicians would prescribe an antibiotic eye drop to treat the abrasion to prevent possibly infection. Tylenol (acetaminophen) 650mg every 4 hours or 1000mg every 8 hours can help the pain / discomfort. Use eye protection, like sunglasses when outside, so that the light doesn't irritate the eye further. ...Read more
It Depends: An uncomplicated corneal abrasion will usually heal within 24 hours. However, if you are a contact lens wearer and you think your wearing caused the abrasion, I would have it checked out right away. Also, do not rub the eye or you are likely to reabrade the cornea, causing more pain. If this is recurrent, get it checked out by an ophthalmologist. If a contact lens wearer, GET IT CHECKED OUT. ...Read more
OD dx me w/mild corneal abrasion. She had me buy OTC eye drops & nighttime eye lubricant. Can I wear a sleep mask @ night as I have trouble sleeping?
I have a corneal abrasion and my eye is really really red. I'm using erythromycin ophthalmic oint. How long should it take for the redness to go away?
Protective eye wear: Protective eye wear, and a patch while healing. ...Read more
Occasional: A corneal abrasion is a disturbance of the surface of the cornea which is covered in a clear layer of tissue. Abrasions are caused by trauma (direct hits), or scratching usually accidental and by situations in the workplace when safety glasses should have been worn. It happens a lot, most heal quickly but some require ophthalmological attention. ...Read more
Corneal healing: An abrasion of the cornea is like a scratch on the skin, it involves the superficial layers of the cornea surface, the epithelium. Corneal abrasion heal quickly because of the moisture of the eye. These heal much better and faster if there is no infection, therefore treatment of an abrasion consists of antibiotic eye drops. ...Read more
Prevent infection: Best to follow the instruction of your eye care doctor with eye drops, many times this is all that is needed for the cornea to heal and return to normal. The cornea can heal with time, occasionally drops are needed. ...Read more
Prevention: Avoid rubbing eyes/ trauma, protective eye wear, avoid foreign bodies, lubricating eye drops. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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