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).

Related Questions

Does corneal abrasion require medical attention?

Sometimes. For large and very painful abrasions the loose corneal epithelium may need to be removed, a bandage contact lens applied with topical antibiotics. Sometimes, we even need to dilate the eye to reduce irritation and light sensitivity. If a corneal abrasion becomes intolerable or your vision changes, see your ophthalmologist. Read more...
Usually. Because abrasions are typically painful, usually they are checked out. Also antibiotics should be utilized to prevent infection. Read more...