A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the surface of the cornea, which is the clear outer layer on the front of your eye. Corneal abrasions are usually very painful.
Most corneal abrasions heal in a day or two. Some abrasions will take longer to heal.
Corneal abrasions can be caused by:
Symptoms may include:
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and activities, and examine your child’s eye. Using eyedrops and a light that makes an abrasion easier to see, the provider will look at your child’s eye. The drops contain a dye that will make your child’s vision and tears yellow for a few minutes. Your child may also have some yellow discharge from the nose for a few minutes after this test.
If something is still in the eye, your child’s provider will remove it.
Your child’s healthcare provider may:
If your child wears contact lenses, your healthcare provider may suggest waiting one week or longer after the cornea has healed before your child wears his contact lenses again.
Follow the full course of treatment your healthcare provider prescribes. Ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.