When things get into your eye, it is tempting to rub.
Rubbing your eyes with the foreign material in it can cause further abrasion.
As the scratch is unlikely to be visible to the naked eye, your eye doctor will need use magnifying tools in order to examine the abrasion.
A green stain called fluorescein may also be used to make the abrasion more visible.
If the abrasion is minor, your doctor is likely to prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment to prevent infection.
Sometimes steroid eye drops may be recommended to reduce inflammation and prevent scarring.
Make sure that you are under close supervision though as steroid has to be used very carefully.
Patching makes the injured eye more comfortable however it also increases chance of infection due to the warm patching provides. Check with your eye doctor to see what work best for you.
And of course, do not wear your contact lenses until you heal completely and wearing sunglasses during the healing process may help alleviate light sensitivity also.
If there is no further complication, a typical corneal abrasion usually heal within 2 days.
For larger abrasions, care from an ophthalmologist may be needed.
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