About Corneal Abrasions
A corneal abrasion essentially results when you scratch your eye and, as a result, the cells of the corneal epithelium are disrupted. While often times, blinking allows you to flush an object out of your eye, when it is scratched, blinking typically does not provide relief, and even exposure to light can cause pain.
While many people can recover from corneal abrasions without surgery or eye damage, sometimes the scratches can run deeper, resulting in corneal infections and/or scarring. If these issues are not treated properly, an individual can end up suffering from long-term vision issues (especially if the abrasion is in the center of the cornea, right in front of the pupil). While everyday corneal abrasions often seem minor, it is important to ensure that your eye does not get infected, as this can lead to additional complications. Sometimes corneal abrasions can lead to headaches, eye twitching, and/or nausea.
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Causes of Corneal Abrasions
There are many causes of corneal abrasions, such as the presence of a foreign body (sand, dirt, etc.) getting into the eye; poking your eye; or even rubbing it too hard. Often more serious abrasions can result from chemical exposure or dirty contact lenses; even medical professionals failing to provide proper eye protection during surgery.
If your eyes are especially dry, this can increase your chances of developing a corneal abrasion, as your eyelids may stick to your cornea, causing a portion of the corneal epithelium to become dislodged when you open your eyes after you’ve been asleep all night.
Corneal Abrasion Treatments
While one’s instinct is to rub your eye if you feel like there’s something in there, it is better to try blinking or flushing out your eye with sterile saline solution instead (note that tap water can sometimes contain dangerous microorganisms).
If these methods do not work, and the scratch hasn’t healed on its own within one to three days, seeing an eye doctor is advised. Eye doctors can use an eye stain to locate where the problem is, as well as prescribe eye drops to prevent infection and ease any pain symptoms. If the case is serious, corneal abrasions are sometimes even treated with a bandage contact lens to help speed healing. If left untreated, some abrasions can lead to corneal ulcers that result in vision loss.
While your eye is healing, you should always avoid wearing contact lenses and be sure to wear sunglasses in order to shield your affected eye from the sunlight.
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