Thursday, December 15, 2011

Scratched Cornea & Corneal Abrasions

Corneal abrasions are superficial scratches and erosions of the cornea. They are found after corneal foreign bodies have been removed, either spontaneously or with treatment. They are most commonly found after injuries caused by paper, fingernails, wires and so forth. A corneal abrasion, unless it is large, cannot be seen with the naked eye. Patients with a corneal abrasion complain of a foreign body sensation of the eye. Often these patients are seen by a nurse or a friend and told that there is nothing in their eye and as a result they suffer until they are finally seen by the ophthalmologist; any person who complaints about a foreign body sensation of the eye should be seen. Fluorescein strips should be placed in the eye to stain the area of the corneal defect and the eye should be examined with magnifying glasses. Corneal abrasions are treated by firm patching for 24 hours; the larger the abrasion, the longer the time to heal. The bandage soft contact lens may minimize the pain. Usually corneal abrasions are very uncomfortable with the eye tearing and difficulty to keep the eye open. It is important to address the issue as soon as possible.

Protect your eyes and be careful while working outdoors. If you have any questions regarding scratched cornea or corneal abrasions please schedule an appointment for an examination at Doctor & Associates by calling 203-227-4113.