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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
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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


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Corneal abrasion healing time: how long does it take after treatment?

Corneal abrasion healing time: how long does it take after treatment?

Usually Overnight: Amber, If you had an uncomplicated corneal abeasion, not caused by contact lens wear, you should be feeling better by the next day. Do not rub the eye or you could re-abrade the cornea. If you are a contact lens wearer, have significant and/or increasing pain and/or light sensitivity, that is not normal and needs to be seen ASAP. ...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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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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Can I wear contacts after a corneal abrasion?

Can I wear contacts after a corneal abrasion?

After healing: After it heals completely - you can put back in a new pair. ...Read more

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How do you treat someone with a corneal abrasion?

How do you treat someone with a corneal abrasion?

Depends on abrasion: It all depends how big and how deep the abrasion is. If we are talking about superficial, small corneal abrasion, the best treatment is lots of lubrication with artificial tears. If we are dealing with a large, and deep abrasion, patient might need a bandage contact lens until full re-epithelization of the corneal cells, and also antibiotic drops to prevent an infection. ...Read more

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Could corneal abrasion require medical attention?

Could corneal abrasion require medical attention?

Yes: Minor scuff areas may heal naturally if bathed in normal tear film. When the come to a doc's attention, they are usually painful and deeper and deserve monitoring for proper healing.I often use an antibiotic eye drop to keep invasive bacteria away from the wound. Patching was often used in the past but is of little value. I send the worst cases to an eye doc for close monitoring ( deep scratches). ...Read more

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What are the best way to deal with corneal abrasion?

See a doctor: If you have a corneal abrasion, you need to see a physician so that it heals correctly ...Read more

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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


Cornea (Definition)

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