Corneal Abrasion

A corneal abrasion refers to a mild scratch or abrasion on the surface of the protective layer called the cornea. The signs and symptoms of corneal abrasion include pain, redness, tearing, headache, and a gritty feeling in the eyes. It usually heals on its own within two to three days in the case of superficial corneal abrasion. Non-preserved lubricating eye drops are recommended to keep the eyes moist and comfort during healing. To prevent infection during healing, antibiotic eye drops are also prescribed.

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I got an eye scratch, causing blurred and double vision with headaches. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter scratched my eye pretty deeply three weeks ago. I had a few appointments, told me it was healing nicely, and only a tiny scratch was left. It has been two weeks since then, and my vision is still very blurry. I have a slight double vision. Still have light sensitivity and can n...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your symptoms are suggestive of epithelial erosion. I suggest, A. Cold compresses. B. Use lubricating eyedrop frequently like Carboxymethylcellulose. C. Soft steroids like Fluorometholone can be used in case of inflammation in the eye....  Read Full »

Why is my vision blurred after an eye injury?

Query: Hi doctor, Two days back, I got a hit in my eye with a ball. Still, it is paining with blurred image. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After trauma with the ball, there could be many things that can cause blurring. It could be a simple eyelid swelling or small abrasion on the cornea, the front transparent surface of the eye. Other causes may be inflammation in the eye or blood inside the eye ca...  Read Full »

After mistakenly spraying party spray in my eyes, they have become red, irritated, and causing a burning sensation. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, Last night, I mistakenly sprayed a bit of party spray in my eyes, and it is causing redness, irritation, and a burning sensation in the eyes. What should I do? Currently, I am putting eye cleaner drops once in my eyes. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Damani Gopal Radhakisan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First, slowly wash your eyes and try not to rub them as it will cause more harm. Next, check for any blurring; if seen, it may indicate corneal epithelial defect or edema. You should consult your ophthalmologist then. Usually, corneal epithelial defects heal within 3...  Read Full »

What happens to the dust that enters the eye? Will it affect the eyesight in the future?

Query: Hi, What happens to the dust that enters the eye? Does it go into the eyeballs? Will it affect the eyesight in the future?  Read Full »

Dr. K K Agrawal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to   Usually when dust enters the eye, it does not "enter the eye" per se. It actually lodges onto the eye surface and causes irritation. Thus leading to pain, redness of eyes, and secretion of tears. There might be a slight disturbance in the vis...  Read Full »

How long will it take to recover from corneal abrasion?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the eye hospital yesterday and the doctor said that I have scratched my cornea. He gave me an ointment and said it can take up to seven days to heal. I am in unbearable pain and have kept my eye closed for two days. When I blink, it is so uncomfortable. I need to get back to...  Read Full »

Dr. Dadapeer. K

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the history, it seems that you are having a corneal abrasion and you are on treatment with an eye ointment. Usually, corneal abrasion takes two to five days depending upon the extent of the damage. The pain and discomfort are usually because of photophobia (a...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for the pain in my eye after I got hit by a toy bullet?

Query: Hello doctor, I have severe pain in and around the eye after I got hit by a toy gun bullet unexpectedly. There is a slight redness in the cornea and a pricking sensation below the eye ball.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As it is a blunt trauma, you have to be treated immediately. Pain is a significant symptom which needs to be evaluated soon because it could be due to superficial tears or abrasions. You will need a slit lamp examination. Later, you will also need a retina screening to...  Read Full »

How to cure redness in eyes?

Query: Hi doctor, My four-old-daughter has her right eye turned red. It has been a week now. A blow-up image was taken by my phone and it shows it as abrasion. Due to pandemics, I am unable to go to hospital. As a primary care, I used Refresh eyedrops thrice daily. She has some improvement in her rednes...  Read Full »

Dr. Asha Juliet Barboza

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I have gone through the sent images. The first image looks like a corneal abrasion and the second one was too blurred and so I was not able to see the bubble. Ideally, an abrasion gets...  Read Full »

Can vision loss occur due to corneal scarring?

Query: Hi doctor, I have only GenTeal eye drops that I had opened three months ago. I have been instructed to use them for a mild corneal abrasion. Is it okay to use them? They are the only ones I have in hand. Can I instead use nothing at all? If I did not lose vision at this point, can I lose vision fro...  Read Full »

Dr. Asha Juliet Barboza

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in. Sorry to hear about your predicament, and I understand your concern. Any eye drop opened more than a month should be disposed of and not used beyond that period as contamination with bacteria or even fungus is possible. And given that you have bee...  Read Full »

Why are my eyes sore after using contact lenses?

Query: Hi doctor, I accidentally put a daily contact for astigmatism in my eye, but I do not have astigmatism. I took it out right after because it really hurts. But, my eyeball is still sore. Could it have caused damage?  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This could be due to corneal irritation caused by ill-fitting of contact lens. Please do not worry. Discontinue contact lens and use lubricating eye drop frequently. It will resolve by tomorrow. If it persists, then consult a local ophthalmologi...  Read Full »

How to treat pain and swelling of eye due to forceful contact lens removal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a senior female wearing eyeglasses which broke last week. So, I was forced to use my contact lenses daily since then. I had trouble removing the right-eye contacts last night since the eye was very dry. When the lens was finally removed, my right eye felt very sore and in tears, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Skandha Harshita

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and the photo of your eye (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Forceful removal of contact lens causes the surface to abrade. The bacteria can have access to the tissues through the abraded epithelium. Contact lens corneal...  Read Full »

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