A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the cornea. A cornea can become scratched by anything that comes into contact with it, whether it is from dirt, sand, being poked in the eye by a finger, or any other foreign matter. Contact lenses are also known to cause corneal abrasions if they are worn for longer than recommended.
Symptoms of a corneal abrasion can include:
- Eye redness
- Sensitivity to light
- Gritty sensation
- Blurry vision
A minor corneal abrasion should heal in a few days. Lubricating drops may be used to help with the discomfort. Corneal abrasions can increase the risk of an eye infection. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops to prevent infection and reduce inflammation. Contact lens wearers should avoid wearing their contacts until after the eye has healed.
For more information about corneal abrasions, or to schedule an appointment with our corneal specialist, please call our practice today at (610) 696-1230.