A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the eye's cornea. The cornea is the clear, protective lens that is in front of the iris, which is the colored part of the eye, and the pupil -- the black circle in the middle of the eye. It is caused due to various reasons such as a foreign body, fingernails, branches of leaves, makeup material, paper pieces etc.
HOW IS CORNEAL ABRASION DIAGNOSED?
You can consult with an eye doctor or general physician who would examine your eyes and prescribe further tests if the damage seems to be acute.
HOW IS CORNEAL ABRASION TREATED?
Treatment for corneal abrasion depends on the severity of the scratch. The doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops for preventing infection due to abrasion. Medicated drops may be given for bringing down the inflammation. Temporary patching of the affected eye may ease out the pain and discomfort. In the case of eye pain, pain relief medicine may be given. Mild abrasions heal quickly, while major abrasions may take some time.
DID YOU KNOW?
If not treated on time or left untreated, there is a risk that this Corneal Abrasion can cause permanent damage.