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Been on Tobramycin drops x 4 days for a corneal abrasion - are there any OTC eye drops I can also use for the redness?

Been on Tobramycin drops x 4 days for a corneal abrasion - are there any OTC eye drops I can also use for the redness?

Abrasion: Your abrasions should be healed by now I would think. You could have red eyes from the tobramycin. See your ophthalmologist ...Read more

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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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?

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?

Go for it: A sleep mask will not disturb the healing of the cornea. Your eyes will be closed under it and the cornea will fix itself with no issues. ...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?

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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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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Recurrent corneal abrasion syndrome: who might have this?

Recurrent corneal abrasion syndrome: who might have this?

See below: People with certain corneal dystrophies of the corneal epithelium, or people with chronic dry eye, or people with poorly controlled diabetes. ...Read more

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Can corneal abrasion cause astigmatism?

Can corneal abrasion cause astigmatism?

No: Unless they cause corneal scarring (can lead to irregular astigmatism), but typically they heal ok if the eye health is good and lids are in place. ...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 can I reduce the swelling from corneal abrasion?

How can I reduce the swelling from corneal abrasion?

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

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What are some things to do to prevent corneal abrasion?

Prevention: Avoid rubbing eyes/ trauma, protective eye wear, avoid foreign bodies, lubricating eye drops. ...Read more

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I think I have a corneal abrasion. Very scratchy and hurts to blink?

I think I have a corneal abrasion. Very scratchy and hurts to blink?

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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How can I tell if it's a corneal abrasion or conjunctivitis?

How can I tell if it's a corneal abrasion or conjunctivitis?

Pain: The cornea has more nerve endings than any part of the body, even your fingertiip. Corneal abrasions are painful, may have reflex tearing and light sensitivity if located in the central cornea, vision can be affected. Abrasions can become infected, resulting in scarring and vision loss. Conjunctivitis is associated with a red eye and there can be some discharge. It is usuallly self-limiting. ...Read more

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Can I continue to wear contacts while I am healing from a corneal abrasion?

Can I continue to wear contacts while I am healing from a corneal abrasion?

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

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How to treat conjunctivitis and corneal abrasion?

How to treat conjunctivitis and corneal abrasion?

Get medical help: Conjunctivitis is an infection of the membrane that lines the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. This is commonly viral or bacterial. Antibiotic and / or anti-inflammatory eye drops can be used, once a diagnosis is made. It is usually very contagious. A corneal abrasion is a scratch of the cornea, which is clear. This is painful, and may require patching, antibiotics, and ointment. ...Read more

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What's the difference between corneal abrasion vs ulcer?

What's the difference between corneal abrasion vs ulcer?

Surface vs infection: Usually a corneal abrasion is just a scrape on the surface layer of the cornea. These tend to heal and are self limited depending on size. A corneal ulcer is secondary to inflammation or infection and causes thinning and destruction of the corneal tissue. An ulcer is more serious and potentially vision threatening. ...Read more

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After wearing for a week of bandage contact lense because of corneal abrasion, what possibly the doctor will intsruct next?

Contact lens off: If the cornea has healed completely, the doctor will take off the bandage contact lens in the next visit and possibly instruct the patient to stop the antibiotic drops. ...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 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 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?

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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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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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

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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