Corneal Abrasion (Scratched Eye)

What is a corneal abrasion?

A scratch or injury to the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. Corneal abrasions can be very painful, but luckily they tend to heal quickly (within a day or two). 

What are the symptoms of a corneal abrasion? 

  • Eye pain - often worse when the eye is open or with blinking
  • Eye redness
  • Tearing
  • Light sensitivity

How is a corneal abrasion diagnosed?

A corneal abrasion is typically diagnosed following a complete history and eye examination. A special dye may be used to see the front surface of the eye.

What is the treatment for a corneal abrasion?

  • Eye drops or ointment - antibiotic eye drops or ointment may be prescribed to help prevent infection
  • It is important that you never use an anesthetic (numbing) eye drop at home.
  • The medicine may make the eye feel better, but the medicine prevents healing of the abrasion and can cause much worse problems.