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What is the difference between a corneal erosion and a corneal abrasion?

What is the difference between a corneal erosion and a corneal abrasion?

Basically the same: This is a semantics issue. An erosion and abrasion are a loss of the surface epithelium of the cornea, the front clear surface of the eye. They imply that there is no active infection. They are essentially treated the same. Often, an erosion occurs spontaneously without any trauma. A typical abrasion is precipitated by an injury to the eye such as a fingernail. ...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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Please help! What is the differance between a corneal erosion and a corneal abrasion?

Please help! What is the differance between a corneal erosion and a corneal abrasion?

Different cause: Both of these cause defects on the corneal surface. Abrasions usually are caused by trauma of some sort, while erosions are usually metabolic and caused by infection, underlying disease, etc. Abrasions usually heal rapidly and spontaneously while erosions commonly require medication and the treatment of the underlying condition. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a corneal abrasion and a corneal ulcer?

What is the difference between a corneal abrasion and a corneal ulcer?

Easy Answer: A corneal abrasion is a scratch of the superficial layer of cells of the cornea.

These cells have numerous functions, one of which is to fight infection.

The corneal tissue can become infected and become a corneal ulcer.

Corneal ulcers are potentially blinding, . ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between a corneal abrasion and a corneal ulcer?

I want to know what is the difference between a corneal abrasion and a corneal 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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What is the difference between a corneal abrasion and pink eye?

What is the difference between a corneal abrasion and pink eye?

Scratch vs infection: Pink eye is usually and infection or allergy, and an abrasion is a scracth to the surface. ...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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Corneal abrasion, how long until it goes away?

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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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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Who can answer questions about a corneal abrasion?

Who can answer questions about a corneal abrasion?

See an eye doctor: See an eye doctor right away. You may need topical antibiotic treatment to prevent a serious infection. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get corneal abrasion, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get corneal abrasion, or is it unusual?

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

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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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Is it okay to swim with a corneal abrasion?

Is it okay to swim with a corneal abrasion?

No: I would not get any water in the eye until it is fully healed. ...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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Can I wear contacts a day after a corneal abrasion?

Can I wear contacts a day after a corneal abrasion?

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

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Corneal abrasion healing. What is the process like?

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

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Worsening vision with corneal abrasion, what to do?

Worsening vision with corneal abrasion, what to do?

Corneal abrasion: It is fairly common for the vision to worsen temporarily as a corneal abrasion heals. Make sure a doctor follows you to insure you are healing appropriately. ...Read more

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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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How long till wear contacts again after corneal abrasion?

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

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What can be done about worsening vision with corneal abrasion?

What can be done about worsening vision with corneal abrasion?

Corneal edema: You must see an Ophthalmologist. Corneal abrasions without infection tend to heal fast. If you are having blurred vision do not delay seeing your Ophthalmologist. He/she are MDs trained specially in Eye disease and surgery. ...Read more

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Just had a corneal abrasion, how long before I can wear makeup?

Just had a corneal abrasion, how long before I can wear makeup?

Depends: You want to make sure you're completely heled before doing so. Check back with an eye doctor/exam. ...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 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

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Severe corneal abrasion 5 days back. Now put under bandage contact lens after corneal scrapping. Vision still very blurry. When will my vision be clear?

Severe corneal abrasion 5 days back. Now put under bandage contact lens after corneal scrapping. Vision still very blurry. When will my vision be clear?

Depends on size: And depth of abrasion. If it is not improving, you could have an infection. Best to reconsult with your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can you ge corneal abrasion due to contact lenses?

Can you ge corneal abrasion due to contact lenses?

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

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If you scratch your eye (corneal abrasion) is it possible to see the scratch?

If you scratch your eye (corneal abrasion) is it possible to see the scratch?

Not unless it is big: A scratch on the cornea is usually not visible unless it is very large. ...Read more

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If you scratch your eye (corneal abrasion) is it possible you damaged your vision?

Not likely: A corneal scratch (abrasion) is a loss of the thin skin covering the cornea. Usually this does not involve the deeper layers and as long as the eye is not penetrated or infected, visual loss is very uncommon. You should see an ophthalmolgist for a corneal scratch both for symptomatic relief and for proper treatment. ...Read more

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What's a corneal abrasion?

What's 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

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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