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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

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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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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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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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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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Cornea (Definition)

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