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What is the treatment for corneal foreign body?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology

In brief: Depends

Some corneal foreign bodies can be flushed out with eye wash.
Others require surgical removal in either the office or hospital setting. After the foreign body is removed, pain control and protection from infection are needed.

In brief: Depends

Some corneal foreign bodies can be flushed out with eye wash.
Others require surgical removal in either the office or hospital setting. After the foreign body is removed, pain control and protection from infection are needed.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Dr. Tim Conrad
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Dr. Evan Schoenberg
Ophthalmology

In brief: Removal, antibiotics

The first step is to remove the foreign body.
Typically that's easily done in the office at the slit lamp, though if it's deeply embedded it could be more serious and require a trip to the or. After that, antibiotic drops or ointment are used to avoid an infection as the corneal scratch ("abrasion") heals. If an ulcer develops, it can be vision threatening, so followup is important.

In brief: Removal, antibiotics

The first step is to remove the foreign body.
Typically that's easily done in the office at the slit lamp, though if it's deeply embedded it could be more serious and require a trip to the or. After that, antibiotic drops or ointment are used to avoid an infection as the corneal scratch ("abrasion") heals. If an ulcer develops, it can be vision threatening, so followup is important.
Dr. Evan Schoenberg
Dr. Evan Schoenberg
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