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Corneal Abrasion Treatment

When things get into your eye, it is tempting to rub.

But don’t!

Rubbing your eyes with the foreign material in it can cause further abrasion.

  • Tilt your head backwards and flush the eye with a sterile saline solution if possible, or cool tap water. You can also use a small eye cup to soak your eye in or plunge your head into a sink of water with eyes wide opened. This may help you to wash out the debris. If chemicals are involved, rinse your eyes for at least 15 minutes.
  • Gently pull your eyelid away from the eyeball and shake it from side to side. Bring the affected eye’s eyelid over the unaffected eye. The lashes beneath can brush away the foreign object under the eyelid.
  • Blink your eyes several times. This may remove particles such as sand. But don’t do it too excessively


  • Do not try to remove any foreign object from your eye. Mishandling can cause further damages to the cornea
  • Do not rub your eyes after the injury. Touching or rubbing your eye will aggravate the wound that was already inflicted.
  • Do not touch your eye with tweezers and cotton swipes. You are going to poke your own eye. 

Treatments For Corneal Abrasion 

Fluorescein stain

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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