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How Long To Wear Contacts Again After Corneal Abrasion
Corneal Abrasion (Scratch) (Definition)
A corneal abrasion 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
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
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