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Corneal Abrasion

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

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. A small scratch may heal in 1 to 2 days. Deeper or larger scratches may take longer to heal.

Lateral cut-away of the Right Eye

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your eye pain or vision gets worse.
  • You have yellow or green drainage from your eye.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

  • Medicines may be given in the form of eyedrops or ointment to help prevent an eye infection. You may also be given eye drops to decrease pain. Ask how to take this medicine safely.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.

Self-care:

  • Do not touch or rub your eye.
  • Ask your healthcare provider when you can start your normal activities.
  • Ask your healthcare provider when you can wear your contact lenses.
  • Wear sunglasses in bright light until your eyes feel better.

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.
  • 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.
  • Do not sleep with your contacts.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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