A corneal abrasion is a scratch on your eye. Something as little as a grain of sand can scratch the surface of your eye, causing pain and making your eye tear up. If the pain doesn’t go away, you should seek medical care. The ophthalmology team at Eye Care & Surgery are experts in treating corneal abrasions to keep your eyes healthy. They offer two New York City locations in Washington Heights, Manhattan, and another near the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, right across the street from Yankee Stadium. To learn more about care for corneal abrasions, call your nearest Eye Care & Surgery office or book your appointment online.
The cornea is the clear outer layer of the eye. It protects your eyes from dirt, bacteria, and other foreign objects, but sometimes, it gets damaged. A corneal abrasion is a scratch or scrape on the cornea, or surface of your eyeball.
Common causes of corneal abrasion include rubbing your eyes too hard or poking them with makeup brushes, fingers, or a pen. Specks of dirt, dust, sand, and more can cause corneal abrasions, too.
Babies and young children often get corneal abrasions by accidentally scratching their eyes with their fingernails.
Corneal abrasions are common, and they can be painful. The cornea contains nerve endings that send pain signals to the brain, so scratches on the eye often hurt and make your eyes water.
You may have a corneal abrasion if you experience:
Corneal abrasions can make blinking painful. You may notice your eye is sensitive to light and is red and watery. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, visit Eye Care & Surgery for an exam and treatment.
If you get a scratch on your eye, it’s important to seek medical attention. Untreated corneal abrasions can get infected and impair vision.
Treatment for corneal abrasions from Eye Care & Surgery often includes cleansing the eye with clean water or saline solution to wash out foreign objects.
Depending on the severity of the abrasion, your optometrist or ophthalmologist may recommend eye drops or ointment to soothe the cornea and prevent infection. In some cases, an eye patch can prevent the abrasion from getting worse by stopping you from blinking the eye.
Most corneal abrasions heal in 1-2 days.
You can take steps to protect your eyes and prevent scratches. Wear safety glasses when playing sports, mowing the lawn, or cutting wood and metal. Be careful when applying makeup and inserting and removing contact lenses.
If something gets in your eye, don’t rub it. To remove foreign objects, blink or rinse your eye with a sterile saline solution. You can also try pulling your upper eyelid down over your lower eyelid. This promotes tearing to wash out any particles.
Medical attention is important to treat corneal abrasions and prevent serious infection. Visit the team at Eye Care & Surgery for prompt, effective treatment. Make an appointment online or by phone today.