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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
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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


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Whats a corneal abrasion?

Whats a corneal abrasion?

A scratched cornea: The cornea is the clear dome shaped tissue that is in the front of the eye. When you scratch the cornea, you have damaged the surface layer or epithelial cells. It will cause tearing, redness, light sensitivity and blurry vision until it heal. Healing times vary but in general range from 1-4 days. ...Read more

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Corneal abrasion recovery time?

Corneal abrasion recovery time?

Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. ...Read more

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What to do for a corneal abrasion?

What to do for a corneal abrasion?

Get help now: See an eye doctor. You will likely need antibiotic eye drops or ointments to prevent infection. You need to go asap. ...Read more

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What can cause a corneal abrasion?

What can cause a corneal abrasion?

Usually injury: The most common cause for corneal abrasion is trauma, usually something striking the front surface of the eye like a fingernail, hairbrush, or tree branch. Other causes include corneal dystrophies, severe dry eye, eye surgery, contact lens removal, and many others. Most can be treated with drops to help the pain and prevent infection, although bandage contact lenses or patching may be required. ...Read more

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How do people treat corneal abrasion?

How do people treat corneal abrasion?

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 more

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What can I do about a corneal abrasion?

What can I do about a  corneal abrasion?

See an eye doctor: You likely need antibiotic eye medication to prevent a serious infection. Do not delay. ...Read more

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What are the tests for corneal abrasion?

What are the tests for corneal abrasion?

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 more

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What do I do if I have a corneal abrasion?

What do I do if I have a corneal abrasion?

Seek treatment : Corneal abrasion is a very common but painful eye injury. Treatment should be immediate with antibiotics and non steroidals. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a corneal abrasion?

How do I know if I have a corneal abrasion?

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

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What sort of disorder is a corneal abrasion?

What sort of disorder is a corneal abrasion?

K abrasion: This is an injury of the surface layer of the cornea called the epithelium as a result of a cut or scratch. This may be secondary to a fingernail, paper cut, tree branch, etc. ...Read more

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I have a corneal abrasion, what should I do?

I have a corneal abrasion, what should I do?

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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What are the symptoms of a corneal abrasion?

What are the symptoms of a corneal abrasion?

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 more

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How can I tell if I have a corneal abrasion?

How can I tell if I have a corneal abrasion?

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

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Can a minor corneal abrasion heal by itself?

Can a minor corneal abrasion heal by itself?

Yes: The corneal epithelium heals (reepithelializes) rather quickly. Minor abrasions will often heal in 24-48 hours. Antibiotics are often prescribed to prevent infection. ...Read more

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I may have a corneal abrasion. How can I tell?

I may have a corneal abrasion. How can I tell?

Hurts: This is a loss of the protective skin covering the cornea. The cornea is well endowed with pain fibers and an abrasion will hurt significantly. If the history suggests an abrasion (i just scraped my eye; the edge of a paper hit my eye; a tree branch swung into my eye, etc.), and the eye hurts an abrasion is likely. See an er doctor or an ophthalmologist for treatment. ...Read more

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Corneal abrasion, how long until it goes away?

Depends : Depends on the size and the cause. Most traumatic abrasions heal in a day or two. If caused nt something toxic, infectious or neurotrophic, could take longer. At the very least, you should use a topical antibiotic to prevent a secondary infection. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a corneal abrasion?

Corneal abrasions: are usually exquisitely painful, and produce a red, watery, sensitive eye. A Woods lamp examination can be performed to help determine if an abrasion is present. ...Read more

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Does corneal abrasion require medical attention?

Does corneal abrasion require medical attention?

Usually: Because abrasions are typically painful, usually they are checked out. Also antibiotics should be utilized to prevent infection. ...Read more

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Why do I have a problem from a corneal abrasion?

Trauma: Trauma to the outside surface of the eye - takes time to heal. Usually caused by foreign body. ...Read more

Abrasions (Definition)

An abrasion is a wound caused by superficial damage to skin no deeper than dermis or mucous membrane.It is less severe than laceratin and bleeding ...Read more


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