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Corneal Abrasion


A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the cornea of your eye. The cornea is the clear layer that covers the front of your eye.

Lateral cut-away of the Right Eye



  • Antibiotic ointment: You may need a topical antibiotic ointment on your eye. This will help prevent an infection and help your wound heal faster. Use your antibiotic ointment until it is gone, even if you feel better.

  • Pain medicine: You may need medicine to take away or decrease pain.

    • Learn how to take your medicine. Ask what medicine and how much you should take. Be sure you know how, when, and how often to take it.

    • Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease.

    • Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling someone when you get out of bed or if you need help.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Help corneal abrasions heal:

  • Do not touch or rub your eye.

  • Ask when you can start your normal activities.

  • Ask when you wear your contact lenses again.

Help prevent corneal abrasions:

  • Remove your contact lenses if your eyes feel dry or irritated.

  • Wash your hands if you need to touch your eyes or your face near your eyes.

  • Trim your child's fingernails so he cannot scratch his eye.

  • Wear protective eyewear when you work with chemicals, wood, dust, or metal.

  • Wear protective eyewear when you play sports.

  • Do not wear your contacts for longer than you should.

  • Do not wear colored lenses or lenses with shapes on them. These lenses may cause eye damage and vision loss.

  • Do not wear glitter makeup. Glitter can easily get into your eyes and under contact lenses.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • Your eye pain or vision gets worse.

  • You have yellow or green drainage from your eye.

  • You have questions about your condition or care.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.