A corneal abrasion is the most common form of eye injury we encounter at McKinney Eyeworks. It occurs when the superficial layer of the cornea called the epethelium is disrupted. Abrasions can be minor to severe and cause significant pain, sensitivity to light, tearing and redness.
Usually when treated in a timely fashion corneal abrasions result in complete recovery. Large, deep abrasions can be slow healing and cause permanent scarring. These type of abrasions require multiple follow up visits to ensure proper healing.
The most common causes of corneal abrasions are tree branches, fingernails, makeup brushes, pets and other objects. Treatment is usually a bandage contact lens for 24 hours combined with antibiotic therapy. Most cases do require antibiotic therapy and cases that involve vegetation may require anti-fugal therapy.