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I know that corneal abrasions on the corneas can be bad, but can you predict which ones will go bad?
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Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Infection
Any corneal abrasion that becomes infected prior to healing of the epithelium may cause serious damage to the eye: scarring, perforation.

In brief: Infection
Any corneal abrasion that becomes infected prior to healing of the epithelium may cause serious damage to the eye: scarring, perforation.
Dr. William Dieck
Dr. William Dieck
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Dr. Alfred H. Rivera
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: It depends.
Depends on the cause of the corneal abrasion.
If it is due to an accidental superficial scratch from a finger nail or piece of paper, these usually heal quickly and leave no long term visual effects. If it is due to an infectious etiology such as a bacterial corneal ulcer or viral herpes, the corneal defect is likely deeper and associated with other corneal findings. These require topical therapy.

In brief: It depends.
Depends on the cause of the corneal abrasion.
If it is due to an accidental superficial scratch from a finger nail or piece of paper, these usually heal quickly and leave no long term visual effects. If it is due to an infectious etiology such as a bacterial corneal ulcer or viral herpes, the corneal defect is likely deeper and associated with other corneal findings. These require topical therapy.
Dr. Alfred H. Rivera
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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine
In brief: Corneal abrasion
The deeper the abrasion the greater the scarring.
If it is related to herpes virus the scaring is even worse. Zoster, shingles, can cause scarring in a significant number of people as well.

In brief: Corneal abrasion
The deeper the abrasion the greater the scarring.
If it is related to herpes virus the scaring is even worse. Zoster, shingles, can cause scarring in a significant number of people as well.
Dr. Vance Harris
Dr. Vance Harris
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