Pain that may worsen when opening or closing the eye
Sensitivity to light
A feeling that something is in the eye
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. An eye exam will be done. The doctor will look for any unusual objects in the eye. Drops of a special dye may be placed in the eye. The dye will make it easier to see a scratch when seen under a special blue light.
Most abrasions heal in 1 to 3 days. Large scratches may take up to 4 to 5 days to heal. A cool compress and artificial tears can help ease discomfort. Contact lenses should not be worn.
Treatment choices are:
Removing any unusual object stuck in the eye
Supportive care, such as a cool compress and artificial tears to ease pain
Wearing a bandage contact lens to help a large abrasions heal
Medicines, such as:
Antibiotics to prevent infection
Over the counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen
Prescription pain medicine for people with a severe abrasion
To lower the risk of a corneal abrasion:
Wear eye protection during high-risk jobs or sports
Corneal abrasions. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/prevention-wellness/staying-healthy/first-aid/corneal-abrasions.html. Updated November 9, 2017. Accessed May 1, 2020.
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