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Corneal Abrasion

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is a 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.

Eye Anatomy

What causes a corneal abrasion?

What are the signs and symptoms of a corneal abrasion?

How is a corneal abrasion diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your eye. If you have something in your eye that is scratching your cornea, your healthcare provider will remove it. He or she may put dye in your eye and look at it with a light. The light and dye can help your provider see if your cornea has been scratched.

How is a corneal abrasion treated?

You may be given antibiotic eyedrops or ointment to help prevent an eye infection. You may also be given eyedrops to decrease pain. A small scratch may heal in 1 to 2 days. Deeper or larger scratches may take longer to heal.

What can I do to care for my eyes?

How can I help prevent corneal abrasions?

When should I call my doctor?

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