Treating Abrasions To The Cornea

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Overview Of Corneal Abrasions

  • The cornea is the external layer of the eye
  • If this layer tears it will result in corneal abrasion.
  • This is the most common damage to the eye
  • The cornea consist of several nerve endings, therefore it is extremely painful if it tears.

Causes Of Corneal Abrasion

The cornea is the external layer of the eye. If this layer tears it will result in corneal abrasion.
The cornea is the external layer of the eye. If this layer tears it will result in corneal abrasion.

Might be caused by

  • A person’s finger nail might tear the cornea
  • Any piercing item such as a piece of glass
  • Small particles like sand can be lodged in the eye
  • Contact lens

 Symptoms Of Corneal Abrasion

  • The person will experience a lot of pain
  • The eye will start to turn red
  • The person will have hazy vision
  • There will be discomfort within the eye
  • The individual will have trouble opening the eye
  • Corneal abrasions can lead to headaches
  • There will be an expulsion of tears as it is connected near the tear ducts.

Treatment Of Corneal Abrasion

  • Antibiotics are used to avoid infections within eye
  • A check-up is completed after using an anaesthetic
  • The pain comes back after anaesthetic is discontinued
  • Recurring usage of anaesthetic is dangerous
  • Eye creams, painkillers are provided
  • A ‘patch’ can be placed on the eyes
  • Eye creams at night stop a reappearance

 Do Not

  • Don’t rub the eyes while they are healing
  • This might damage the new cells surrounding the cornea
  • Re-patching might then be required
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses until the cornea is fully healed


  • Minor corneal abrasions repair very quickly
  • Haziness might continue for a few weeks
  • Long-lasting loss of sight is uncommon
  • Sometimes abrasions might reappear

  Prevention Of Corneal Abrasion

  • Always apply the directions while putting in contact lens
  • Don’t wear contact lenses for lengthy periods of time
  • Get rid of the lenses if the eye starts to feel irritated
  • Don’t massage or rub the eyes too hard
  • Rinse your hands whenever necessary
  • Cut your nails when needed
  • Be cautious when putting on cosmetics as it can burn your eye

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