Saturday, 14 April 2012

Treatment for Corneal Abrasion

Treatment for Corneal Abrasion
If you think that you have dust or dirt in your eye, avoid the urge to rub it. If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them immediately. Next, try washing your eye for several minutes with clear, clean water to see if this relieves the problem. If no water is available, pull your upper eyelid outward and downward over your lower eyelid. This simple maneuver may allow your natural flow of tears to flush the debris away. If these strategies do not relieve your symptoms, or if you suspect that your eye has been scratched by a sharp object, even a fingernail, call your doctor.

If you have a corneal abrasion, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic in either eye drops or an eye ointment to prevent an infection from developing in the injured area. You doctor also may recommend that you take acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and other brand names), or another nonprescription pain reliever to treat your eye pain.

If your eye is overly sensitive to light, or if your eye pain is not relieved by nonprescription medications, your doctor may prescribe drugs called cycloplegic drugs. These medications will relieve your eye symptoms by temporarily reducing the activity of muscles that control the size of your pupil.

If you usually wear contact lenses, do not wear them again until your doctor says that you can. Also, avoid wearing eye makeup until your corneal abrasion has healed completely.

Once you have completed one day of treatment for a corneal abrasion, your doctor will want an update on your symptoms to confirm that your eye has started to improve. This usually means either a follow-up office visit for an eye check, or some other form of contact with your doctor.

When To Call a Professional
Call your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of a corneal abrasion, or if you are being treated for a corneal abrasion and your symptoms do not improve within 24 hours after treatment begins.

With proper treatment, most superficial corneal abrasions heal quickly without any complications. In general, the milder the abrasion, the faster the recovery time.Deeper abrasions that penetrate through Bowman's membrane are more likely to cause permanent corneal scars that can interfere with vision. If necessary, severe scarring often can be treated successfully with a corneal transplant.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Corneal Abrasion Home Treatment

Corneal Abrasion Home Treatment:
  • Gently rinse the eye with tap water or eyewash. One can always use clean water to remove a foreign object that is causing a lot of irritation in the eye. An eye cup can be extremely useful to thoroughly rinse the eye. Or else one can use hands to pour water, to flush off dust particles. Another effective corneal abrasion treatment is to fill clean water in a large vessel and then dip the head into it, keeping the eyes open. You can also blink the eyes, intermittently in the water to wash off the object. A saline solution can also be a good option to rinse the eye.
  • Place your face in a bowl of water and then open and close eyes under water.
  • If you have dirt under the upper lid, pull the upper lid out and draw it over the lower lid.
  • Use a moist cotton swab to remove dirt from the corner of the eye.
  • Avoid exposure to bright light.

Additional home care for corneal abrasion:

  • Avoid exposure to bright light.
  • Avoid eye makeup.
  • Avoid nonprescription eyedrops.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Corneal Abrasion

Corneal Abrasion Video

Explanation of the Corneal Abrasion:
Definition of corneal abrasion, Corneal abrasion treatment, corneal abrasion diagnosis, corneal abrasion cause, corneal abrasion symptoms, corneal abrasion picture, etc.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Corneal Abrasion Healing Time

Corneal Abrasion Healing Time

Healing time for corneal abrasion depends on the size as well as the severity of the abrasion. Normally, corneal abrasion healing time ranges from 2-3 days to several months. Simple abrasions may heal within 2 or 3 days after the initiation of treatment, whereas severe abrasions, which generally affect half of the surface area of cornea, heal within a week. If the person undergoes phototherapeutic keratectomy, most often in cases of severe corneal abrasion, it may take a several months for the ailment to heal. In case of further complications, such as corneal ulcer, vision is restored after about a year from corneal transplant. Studies reveal that around 28 percent people with traumatic corneal abrasions experience recurrent symptoms of corneal abrasion up to 3 months from the time of injury. Although the healing time is longer in case of large abrasions, significant developments are observed as soon as treatment is initiated.

Owing to the vast ranges in corneal abrasion healing times, there are high chances that the ailment may keep recurring. If corneal abrasion is left untreated or if treatment is delayed, it may worsen the condition and eventually lead to visual impairment. Although the chances of this happening are rare, it's wise not to take the risks with such eye problems. Taking some precautionary measures, such as wearing protective eye gear and removing any foreign particle entering your eye as soon as possible, can let you live in peace by keeping corneal abrasion at bay.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

What is a Corneal Abrasion

What is a corneal abrasion?

A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the surface of the cornea. The cornea is the clear outer layer on the front of the eye. Corneal abrasions can be very painful.

How does it occur?
Corneal abrasions can be caused by:
  • A sports injury: This can happen in sports such as basketball or football when a player gets poked in the eye, or in tennis or racquetball when a player gets hit in the eye with the ball.
  • A tiny object that gets in your eye: The object may come out in your tears, or your healthcare provider may need to remove it.
  • An object that scratches your eye: You may scratch your eye with something such as a fingernail, branch, piece of paper, or comb.
  • Problems with contact lenses: Gas permeable contacts may become chipped or cracked and scratch your eye. Wearing contact lenses too long can also cause an abrasion.
  • School children who play with pencils, pens and other pointed objects.
  • Workers who are exposed to eye hazards on the job, especially those involved in farming or construction

Corneal Abrasion picture (

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may include:
  • redness
  • tearing
  • feeling like you have something in your eye
  • pain
  • a scratchy feeling
  • sensitivity to light
  • blurry vision

How is it diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and ask if you know how your eye was scratched. (If you don't know, the cause may be a disease rather than an object in your eye.) Using special eyedrops and a light that makes an abrasion easier to see, your provider will look at your eye. The drops contain a dye that will make your vision yellow for a few minutes.

How is it treated?

If something is still in your eye, your healthcare provider will flush it out with water or remove it with a swab or needle (after numbing your eye with a drop of anesthetic).

Your healthcare provider may:
  • Give you antibiotic drops or ointment to use for several days.
  • Give you another medicine that dilates your eyes and helps relieve pain and sensitivity to light.
  • Tape an eye patch over your eye to keep the eyelid closed. This helps to relieve pain.
  • Place a contact lens over your cornea to act as a bandage. The contact helps to speed up healing and reduce eye pain.
  • Want to see you often until your eye is healed.

How long will the effects last?

Most corneal abrasions heal in a day or two. Larger abrasions will take longer. If your symptoms last longer than that, see your healthcare provider again because you may have a more serious problem.

How can I help prevent a corneal abrasion?

Always wear goggles, safety glasses, or eye shields at work or when playing sports where your eyes could be injured.
Follow your eye care provider's instructions for wearing and caring for contact lenses. Do not wear them longer than recommended.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Corneal Abrasion Healing Process

I just had a corneal abrasion quite recently. It was a medium sized scratch. The pain took abt 3-4 days to completely subside. I have been regularly goin for my eye check-ups and as of now, the abrasion has almost completely healed. I just need to know how long it would take for me to gain back my normal vision.. which was perfect before this abrasion. Is there anything I need to do or can do to gain back clear vision asap? Or if I need to wait for it to return back to the normal clarity .. how long more does it usually take if it doesn't have any major issues to worry about?

Answer from Dr. Nikola Gjuzelov :
If the corneal abrasion was restricted to the epithelial layer and there is no infection, there probably won't be any consequences to your vision. But if the abrasion was deeper and affected the sub-epithelial layer, a scar on the cornea will be formed as a permanent consequence. Scars on the cornea will permanently damage the vision on the affected eye. A corneal scar and permanent vision damage will also occur if a corneal abrasion, no mater the depth, is complicated with an infection. There is nothing you can do except to follow doctor's instructions for preventing infection. Recovery time and eventual consequences to the vision depends upon the severity of the abrasion and eventual complications.

When minor abrasions occur, healthy cells quickly fill the defect to prevent vision-diminishing infection or irregularity in refraction. If the abrasion penetrates the cornea more deeply, the corneal abrasion healing process takes longer—24 to 72 hours. Deeper scratches can cause corneal scarring that can impair vision to the point where corneal transplant is needed. Specific incidence and prevalence data are not available, but corneal abrasion is the most common eye injury in children presenting to emergency departments.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Corneal Abrasion Pain

Some studies have suggested that ophthalmic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) decrease the pain associated with corneal abrasions without impairing healing. This evidence-based emergency medicine (EBEM) critical appraisal reviews the literature, including additional studies appearing since the publication of an earlier EBEM review in 1999.

The updated search for randomized controlled trials from 1999 to 2002 complemented the previous 1966 to 1999 search. The methodologic quality of the studies was assessed. Qualitative methods were used to summarize the study results.

The search identified 3 studies not included in the previously published review of ophthalmic NSAIDs, yielding a total of 5 blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trials involving NSAIDs for corneal abrasions. The methodologic quality of the new studies was somewhat higher than that of the 2 original studies and was rated as "good" to "strong." The qualitative summary indicates that NSAIDs provide greater pain relief and improvement of other subjective symptoms when compared with placebo. However, whether the reduction of pain, as measured by visual analog pain scales, exceeds the minimal clinically significant difference is equivocal. The use of ophthalmic NSAIDs may decrease the need for sedating analgesics.

Ophthalmic NSAIDs appear to be useful for decreasing pain in patients with corneal abrasions who can afford the medication and who must return to work immediately, particularly where potential opioid-induced sedation is intolerable.

Read more here

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Corneal Abrasion Surgery

Lasik Procedure with Corneal Abrasion Complication

After thinking about getting Lasik eye surgery for over 10 years I finally got it done recently. The last time (about 10 years ago) when I seriously considered getting it done a friend referred me to a website with horror stories about Lasik surgeries gone bad. The same friend eventually got the procedure and was very happy with the results.

Over the years everyone I met who had Lasik eye surgery would rave about how much they were happy with the outcome and that it was one of the best decisions they made in their life. So as the years passed I finally decided to bite the bullet and do it. I was growing really tired of wearing glasses and didn’t want to wear contact lenses because when I first tried them I didn’t like the way they felt in my eyes. Also, I have really bad allergies, especially around allergy season, and I knew contacts would be a problem then.

I initially made an appointment for a consultation and was informed that since I am over 40 years old there is a chance I may need reading glasses soon after the surgery. It was explained that people over 40 would start to need reading glasses and it is just a natural decay in your eyes that Lasik cannot fix or prevent. This was indeed a concern because I didn’t want to get Lasik and then have to wear reading glasses soon after. The problem is no one knows at what age you need reading glasses. Some people are fortunate enough to not need reading glasses until their 50s. Regardless after careful consideration I decided to have the procedure done anyway.

I ended up going with LasikPlus because the doctor came highly recommended by 2 friends who had the procedure done by the same doctor who would do my surgery. I also like the fact that the doctor has performed over 65,000 procedures and used the latest LASIK equipment. I also didn’t find much negative reviews of the doctor on the Internet. Actually, I found mostly positive reviews about his performance.

As with any medical procedure or even taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs, there are risks involved. After my consultation I was given some paperwork that described potential risks of the surgery which was scary. One of the risks listed could result in death. How scary is that?

In doing some research, I discovered about 2% of individuals having the surgery have some type of complication so I was praying that I’d fall into the 98% who have no complications. I was told I was a good candidate for the surgery and that everything should go well.

The Surgery

The surgery was fast and painless. The only discomfort was pressure on my eyes for a few seconds to make the flap. The laser to reshape each cornea took about 5 seconds each. Your eyes are numbed with eye drops so there is no pain at all. After the surgery my eyes felt a little sore and sensitive to light. While being driven home my vision was much improved but with a haze. I kept my eyes closed and just wanted to go home and take a nap, however, I couldn’t sleep because my eyes were burning. It was a slight burn but enough to make me uncomfortable. After a few hours, my right eye was extremely tearful. As soon as I open my eye water poured out. My left eye wasn’t as tearful.

My follow-up exam the next day revealed that I had a cornea abrasion on my right eye. “Just great”, I thought to my self. I wasn’t happy hearing that I had a complication.

My Complication

During the LASIK procedure I developed a small corneal abrasion in my right eye. As stated, during the first night, both eyes burned a bit, but my right eye was extremely tearful. The next morning it felt uncomfortable to open both eyes, but especially my right eye. I had a follow-up appointment that morning with an assistant doctor who told me of the corneal abrasion. I was then sent to another location where the Lasik surgeon was working that day. I was really irritated that I had this problem. I kept thinking to myself, “just my luck”.

From some research about corneal abrasion, even with excellent surgical technique and a moistened eye, a small breakdown in the epithelial surface may develop as the flap is made with the microkeratome. Corneal abrasion occurs in a small percentage of LASIK procedures because in some eyes the surface cells may not adhere well. There is no way possible to detect who may be prone to corneal abrasion. Fortunately, the epithelium grows back so quickly that eyes with an epithelial defect usually heal within a few days, even without a contact lens.

My surgeon verified that there was indeed an abrasion and that he’d place a contact lens on my eye to help it heal and make it more comfortable. As soon as he placed the contact lens in my right eye, it felt 100% better. I could immediately open my eye and there was no discomfort. My eye stopped tearing. He also numbed the eye, so that helped. As the numbness wore off my eye still felt comfortable. The contact lens was removed 3 days later and my eye still felt comfortable because the abrasion had healed.

Unfortunately, due the corneal abrasion my right eye was slightly blurred for a few days. I was told to place the prednisone anti-inflammatory drops in my eyes more frequently because my eye was inflamed at the location of the corneal abrasion. My left eye was perfect, but with my right eye was slightly blurry which was a little annoying especially when watching TV.

2 Weeks Later

Now after about 2 weeks my right eye is still slightly blurry. My left eye is 20/20 and right eye is 20/50, however with both eyes my vision is 20/20. Seems my brain has adapted for the difference. With both eyes open outside, my vision is crystal clear and I can’t see a difference but when I close each eye to compare I can see a difference. However, when I’m indoors, especially at night I can sense a difference with both eyes open. It seems indoor artificial light affects me more.

At my last check up, my surgeon stated the inflammation/swelling is gone and now the abrasion just needs to come together and that light would affect the eye making things blurry until it healed. There is an 85% chance it will heal by itself. However, if it doesn’t completely heal, he’ll do an enhancement to make the eye 20/20. I’m hoping my eye will completely heal by itself, however, if I need an enhancement I’ll have to do it. An enhancement if needed will not be done for another 3 months.


So far, I’m “almost” happy with the results. I say “almost”, because of the complication with my corneal abrasion. But even with 20/50 in one eye, my vision is almost perfect. Over the last 2 weeks, on numerous occasions I’ve attempted to take my glasses off and have to remind myself, that I’m not wearing glasses! The procedure was painless and fast. Recovery was also fast. If and when my right eye is 20/20, then I’ll be completely happy with the results.

Update on 9/11/2011:
About 3 months after my Lasik surgery my eye-sight is excellent at 20/20. My right eye with the corneal abrasion has healed nicely. My left eye which became a little blurry 2 weeks after the procedure has cleared up nicely as well. The glare / halos / starburst at night / low light have decreased dramatically to almost to being unnoticeable. I suspect over the next several months, it should be completely gone. So now I’m very happy with my decision to have Lasik. At times I’m amazed at how excellent my eye-sight is and how men created a device that uses a laser to reshape people’s cornea to fix their vision. Absolutely amazing! Just hope my eye-sight stays like this for years to come.


Related article about corneal abrasion surgery:

Recurrent Corneal Abrasion Syndrome

Recurrent Corneal Abrasion Syndrome:
At times, the healed epithelium may attach poorly to the underlying basement membrane. In such cases, it may come off at intervals and give rise to recurrent corneal abrasions. Recurrent corneal abrasions are characterized by sudden relapse of ocular pain, sensitivity to bright lights, foreign body sensation and tear discharge.

A laser operative procedure, known as Phototherapeutic Keratectomy, is often used for recurrent Corneal Abrasion treatment.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Corneal Abrasion Test

Fluorescent eye test
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Fluorescein eye stain
This is a test that uses orange dye (fluorescein) and a blue light to detect foreign bodies in the eye. This test can also detect damage to the cornea, the outer surface of the eye.

How the Test is Performed
A piece of blotting paper containing the dye will be touched to the surface of your eye. You will be asked to blink. Blinking spreads the dye around and coats the "tear film" covering the surface of the cornea. (The tear film contains water, oil, and mucus to protect and lubricate the eye.)

A blue light is then directed at your eye. Any problems on the surface of the cornea will be stained by the dye and appear green under the blue light.

The health care provider can determine the location and likely cause of the cornea problem depending on the size, location, and shape of the staining.

How to Prepare for the Test
You will need to remove your contact lenses before the test.

How the Test Will Feel
If eyes are extremely dry, the blotting paper may be slightly scratchy. The dye may cause a mild and brief stinging sensation.

Why the Test is Performed
This test is useful in identifying superficial scratches or other problems with the surface of the cornea. It can also help reveal foreign bodies on the eye surface. It can be used after contacts are prescribed to determine if there is irritation of the surface of the cornea.

Normal Results
If the test result is normal, the dye remains in the tear film on the surface of the eye and does not adhere to the eye itself.

Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.

What Abnormal Results Mean
  • Abnormal tear production (dry eye)
  • Corneal abrasion (a scratch on the surface of the cornea)
  • Foreign bodies, such as eyelashes or dust (see eye - foreign object in)
  • Infection
  • Injury or trauma
  • Severe dry eye associated with arthritis (keratoconjunctivitis sicca)

If the fluorescein touches the skin surface, there may be a slight, brief, discoloration.

This test is very useful for detecting injuries or abnormalities on the surface of the cornea.

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Corneal Abrasion Diagnosis

The cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped "window" that covers the front of the eye. A nick, scratch or scrape of the cornea is called a corneal abrasion. Corneal abrasions are one of the most common forms of eye injury. In some cases, they are caused by the direct impact of a sharp object, such as a pencil, staple, nail or sewing pin. They also can be caused by small, airborne particles, such as dust, sand or flying debris from soldering, woodworking or weed trimming. Even fingernails can cause a corneal abrasion.
  • A history of eye trauma or prolonged wearing of contact lenses as well as typical symptoms suggest corneal abrasion. Staining the cornea with fluorescein stain confirms the diagnosis: The injured area appears green when examined with a Wood’s lamp or black light. Slit-lamp examination discloses the depth of the abrasion.
  • Examining the eye with a flashlight may reveal a foreign body on the cornea; the eyelid must be everted to check for a foreign body embedded under the lid.
  • Before beginning treatment, a test to determine visual acuity provides a medical baseline and a legal safeguard.
Your doctor will examine your eye with a light to check for any obvious corneal injuries, small specks of dust or dirt, or other foreign objects. To confirm the diagnosis of a very small corneal abrasion, your doctor may need to place a small drop of a yellow-orange dye called fluorescein into your eye. This dye will cause any area of abrasion to look greenish under a special blue light.

Usually, if you have only a mild corneal abrasion, you will not need any other tests. However, if your injury is more serious, your doctor may examine your eye with device called a slit lamp, and also test your vision.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Corneal Abrasion Fluorescein

(Left) Corneal abrasion stained with fluorescein. (Right) Corneal abrasion stained with fluorescein and highlighted by cobalt blue light.
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The diagnosis of corneal abrasion can be confirmed by visualizing the cornea under cobalt-blue filtered light after the application of fluorescein, which will cause the abrasion to appear green.


Corneal ulcer in a patient who wears contact lenses.
(Left) View without fluorescein stain. (Right) View with fluorescein stain.
The fluorescent eye test is useful in determining if there is a scratch or other problem with the surface of the cornea. It can also be used to detect foreign bodies on the surface of the eye, and determine if there is an injury to the eye or eye infection. The test is performed by administering dye onto the eye's surface. After the dye has thoroughly covered the eye a cobalt blue light is then directed on the eye. The light causes the dye to glow green. Abnormalities in the corneal epithelium will cause the dye to stain that region.

Fluorescein is a yellow-orange dye that is visible even when it is highly diluted. In ophthalmology, fluorescein is used in conjunction with blue light to detect foreign bodies in the eye and damage to the cornea. A test called angiography uses fluorescein to view blood flow in the retina and choroid of the eye, as well as to identify vascular disorders in the legs and other parts of the body. This dye also is used extensively in biochemical research.

Dog Corneal Ucler: Cat Corneal Ucler

Ulcers of the cornea in dogs and cats is a common occurrence, and a potentially dangerous affliction. Any abrasion to the cornea, including an bee sting, rub from a paw, a scratch from a claw or thorn or an invasive infection can abrade the cells on the surface of the dog or cat cornea. Once the surface cells are disrupted the smooth surface of the cornea becomes rough, infective organisms can invaded the spaces between the cells and the area becomes a source of pain and irritation to the animal. Dogs and cats with corneal ulcers commonly will have increased tear production, will squint (called blepharospasm) and rub at their eye. The irritated tissues often become infected.

Dog Corneal Ucler picture

If infection progresses into the thin cellular layers of the cornea, the ulcer may deepen and widen and eventually break through the membrane at the back of the cornea called Descemet's membrane. In these severe cases, the fluid from the anterior chamber of the eye can escape and the front of the eye collapses. When this occurs, called a descemetocele, the iris will often seal the hole in the cornea. If the iris tissue adheres to the opening and acts as a plug, the anterior chamber may refill and eventually the ulcer may heal and seal the opening in the cornea. This could take many weeks to occur. In unfortunate cases, the interior of the eye can become infected and eventually the eye may be damaged beyond repair.

Once the cornea is abraded, the entire cornea suffers from swelling (called edema) and the cornea takes on a slight haze. Then tiny capillaries begin to move over the cornea from the white of the eye (called the sclera) and seek out the damaged tissue. Within days of the abrasion these tiny vessels are on their way to bring healing tissues and fluid to the ulcer. As specialized corneal cells slide into and fill the defect, the ulcer eventually heals and the surface of the cornea returns to normal. Then the healing capillaries dry up and go away!

Clinical Signs
Corneal ulcers are extremely painful and may cause your pet to avoid bright lights. Clinical signs also include squinting, watering or redness of the eye and a visible cloudy spot on the surface of the eye.

The most immediate diagnosis of a corneal ulcer is a fluoroscein dye test. The dye is placed on the surface of the eye to "highlight" the corneal ulcer. This test helps your veterinarian determine the size and depth of the ulcer. If your veterinarian suspects an underlying cause, like dry eye, other tests may also be recommended

Most veterinarians will begin treating corneal ulcers in dogs and cats with appropriate antibiotic ointment or drops. The use of cortisone or cortisone-related medications may not be a good choice to use due to the possibility of delayed healing and a worsening of the ulcer. It pain is evident, Atropine or other antispasmodic medications may also be dispensed.

The dog or cat's dewclaw, if present, may need to be bandaged to prevent the dewclaw from doing further damage to the irritated cornea as the patient wipes across the offending eye.

Rechecking the eye in five days and then another five days usually demonstrates that proper healing has taken place. A negative stain uptake upon use of the Fluorescein stain will indicate if additional treatment is needed.

Some breeds of dogs, notoriously Boxers and Boston Terriers, often have very unresponsive corneal healing activity.

These cases of poorly healing corneal ulceration need to be monitored closely and special selection of adjunctive medications, such as topical Vitamin E and other medications, may need to be tried to stimulate corneal epithelium regeneration.

Third Eyelid Flap Surgery
Occasionally when a corneal ulcer fails to heal or when a very deep or wide ulcer is present a third eyelid flap procedure is performed.

Under general anesthesia the patient's Nictitating Membrane...also spelled Nictating Membrane... (called the third eyelid) that originates in the medial corner of the eye opening and under the lower lid, is pulled up and over the cornea.

It is sutured to the inside of the upper eyelid, thus forming a protective and nourishing layer of tissue over the damaged cornea. Medications can still be applied to the eye between the eyelids, but the surface of the cornea will not be exposed and cannot be visualized while the third eyelid flap is in place.

The sutures are removed in 10 to 28 days and the corneal healing is assessed. This procedure is commonly done and be very helpful in generating a healing response in severely damaged corneas.


Note: The consultation with your Veterinarian is the best source of health advice for your individual pet.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Corneal Abrasion Complications

Abrasions can also hide tiny penetrating wounds of the eye, causing them to be missed during the exam. Delays in seeking treatment enhance the potential for infection or development of other serious complications, such as scarring or infected corneal ulcers. These conditions can cause permanent visual impairment or total loss of vision. If the individual is taking corticosteroids to reduce inflammation related to other conditions, healing response can be significantly delayed or impaired. The incomplete healing of serious corneal abrasions may cause symptoms to recur intermittently (recurrent corneal erosion) over a period of months or years.

Individuals who wear contact lenses overnight or for several days without removing them (extended wear) and who do not properly clean contact lenses risk repeated incidents of corneal abrasion. Improper contact lens hygiene can also lead to infection accompanying the abrasion, which will extend recovery time.

Complications and sequelae of Corneal abrasion from the Diseases Database include:
  • Blepharospasm
  • Eye red
  • Eye pain
  • Photophobia

Dog Corneal Abrasion

How to Handle a Dog Corneal Abrasion

Dogs are just like people in the sense that they can develop vision problems which are often associated with a medical condition. Dogs are very susceptible to infections and disease much like people are and they can have long-term health effects if not treated.

Your dog's eyes can be exposed to a variety of irritants and potential sources for injury on a daily basis, particularly if your dog spends time outdoors. While running through the backyard to bark at the neighbor's cat, your dog could scratch the surface of his eye on a bush or a loose tree. If he rides in the car with the window down, there's the potential for his eyes to be irritated or abraded by debris that hits his face from the wind pressure created by the movement of the car. Dogs can also abrade their eye when they use their paws to scratch their face or neck. In cases such as this, the result can be a dog corneal abrasion which can not only be extremely painful but can lead to a corneal ulceration if left untreated. For this reason, suspected eye irritation or trauma in dogs should be taken seriously and treated aggressively.

How can you tell if your dog is developing a corneal abrasion that needs evaluation?

Some signs to look for include a discharge coming from the eye and redness. You may also notice your dog rubbing at his eye with his paw, squinting, or repeatedly blinking the affected eye. If you observe these signs, it's important to call your vet immediately.

To make the diagnosis of dog corneal abrasion, your vet will stain the affected eye with a special fluorescent stain which allows the abraded area to be visualized when viewed under a special ultraviolet lamp. The eye is anesthetized with a drop of lidocaine before staining which means your dog should feel no pain during the procedure. This test is usually quite accurate and if there's any question, your vet will most likely initiate treatment just to be sure.

How is a dog corneal abrasion treated? How aggressively your dog is treated for a corneal abrasion depends on the depth of the injury. A superficial corneal abrasion can usually be treated with antibiotic ointments applied directly to the eye every few hours. If the abrasion is deep, more intensive treatment may be necessary which may require hospitalization. Fortunately, uncomplicated, superficial corneal abrasions usually heal with antibiotic ointment in several days although some may take up to ten days. During this time, it's important to keep your dog from scratching at his eyes and keep him indoors to reduce the risk of re-injury.

One way to protect your dog from developing a corneal abrasion is to not allow him to hang his head out the car window when the car is moving. Not only is this dangerous in the event an accident occurs, it also increases the risk of sustaining a corneal abrasion. Always be suspicious of any repeated attempts on the part of your dog to rub at his eye with his paws as this can indicate an undiagnosed eye injury. By being aware of any changes in your dog's behavior, you can get your dog treated quickly if he should develop the signs of a dog corneal abrasion.

Published by Kristie Leong M.D. - Featured Contributor in Health & Wellness - Yahoo Voice

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Eye Drops For Corneal Abrasion

Before using Eye Drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Eye Drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
  • If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, an overactive thyroid, or high blood pressure

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Eye Drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
  • Furazolidone and MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine) because side effects, such as headache, high blood pressure, and elevated body temperature, may occur
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because they may decrease Visine Eye Drops's effectiveness
  • Bromocriptine or catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors (eg, tolcapone, St. John's wort) because their actions and side effects may be increased by Visine Eye Drops
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Eye Drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

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Corneal Abrasions in Children

Corneal Abrasions in Children

A pitiful site isn’t it? I thought so too! She broke my heart all day long. It started at 3:30 am when she came running to my room screaming, “I scratched my eye! I scratched my eye!” I pulled her to me and saw that she was rubbing her eye like crazy with the corner of her blankie. I thought that might be the problem but she distinctly corrected me saying that her fingernail scratched her eye and that the blankie was helping. Who was I to argue?

This sounded classically like a corneal abrasion, a scratch or injury to the cornea, the clear surface that covers the front of the eye. It can be very common in kids and presents often with symptoms of eye pain, tearing, and light sensitivity. Because I never delay treatment when it comes to the eye – and neither should you- I took her to go see her Daddy. Lucky for us he’s an Ophthalmologist. We talked all about her fears before we got there: “No, he won’t cut on you. No, there are no shots. No he won’t poke your eye out.” She seemed a little reassured but still clung to me.

It was a relatively easy examination because of the mixture of anesthesia and fluorescein stain drops he put in her eye. I was surprised to see that – no kidding- within seconds she was back to normal. “How long does this last?”, I asked hopefully. “Only about 15 minutes”, he replied. It was just long enough for him to get his exam. The stain allowed him to see the scratch when viewed with a special light. And, as he said, it looked like she’d caught her fingernail on the cornea and peeled a piece of it off like wallpaper. After he prescribed some antibiotic ointment to prevent infection, placed a patch over her eye for comfort, she was my shadow for the rest of the day.

She did great despite my fear that she would cry all day long. My oldest hovered over her. It was such a cute site to see her leading her by the hand. For once there was no fighting! My youngest, however did his best to antagonize her; He kept leaning over and ripping the patch off. Poor thing! But within 12 hours she was feeling better. And by the next day you’d never know that anything was wrong!

by Sheila Cason MD

Monday, 20 February 2012

Severe Corneal Abrasion

The cornea is a transparent cover over the anterior part of the eye that serves several purposes, such as protection, refraction, and filtration of some ultraviolet light. This structure has no blood vessels and receives nutrients through tears as well as from the aqueous humor. The cornea is innervated primarily by the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve and the oculomotor nerve.

Although the exact frequency of emergency department visits for corneal abrasions is unknown, a 1985 survey showed that around 3% of all cases to US general practitioners were corneal abrasions. In addition, in 2008, approximately 27,450 work-related eye injuries and illnesses occurred that caused missed time from work. See the following image

Patients with corneal abrasions are managed on an outpatient basis. Emergent ophthalmologic consultation is warranted for suspected retained intraocular foreign bodies. Urgent consultation is needed for suspected corneal ulcerations (microbial keratitis) (see the image below).
Corneal keratitis and staining.

See also corneal abrasion treatment

Corneal Abrasion Healing

The cornea is the clear curved structure found at the front of the eye. It is comprised of three layers and the membranes that separate these layers. It is very difficult to penetrate past the epithelium or top layer of the cornea. The cornea is normally devoid of blood vessels yet has many sensory nerves. When any trauma to the corneal epithelium occurs, cells are lost or destroyed and pain is immediately sensed. When a corneal abrasion occurs, the conjunctiva, or the white of the eye, turns red, as new blood vessels form and those present enlarge, in an attempt to increase blood flow to the eye as it attempts to bring to the eye those cells needed for the healing of the cornea.

Corneal Abrasion Healing

A corneal abrasion heals by the movement of neighboring epithelial cells, which slide over the wounded area, and through a cell division process called mitosis, which fill in the abraded area with new epithelial cells. Within two to three days of trauma to the cornea, these new cells start to adhere to the underlying membrane of the epithelium, called the basement membrane and within seven to eight days the abraded area usually heals completely without scarring. But if a corneal abrasion is deep and penetrates the next layer of the cornea, then scarring is possible and complete healing of the abrasion may be delayed as long as three months.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Recurrent Corneal Abrasion Treatment

Recurrent Corneal Abrasion is an eye disorder in which the person suffers from frequent episodes of corneal abrasion in a year. This clearly indicates that previous body abrasions did not heal properly. People with dry eye or other eye problems such as corneal dystrophy also tend to suffer from recurrent corneal abrasion. In order to prevent recurrent corneal erosion, one can install a humidifier to ensure that the surrounding air remains humid and not dry. Those who have had corneal abrasion, should wear protective glasses while roaming in the sun or playing with children. Use of eye ointments such as Lacri-Lube daily before sleeping can also be beneficial to prevent return of corneal abrasion.

Most importantly, while undergoing corneal abrasion treatment, rubbing the eye affected with corneal abrasion should be avoided as it will just make matters worse. The eyeball should not be touched with cotton swabs or tweezers as they can cause eye infection. Even if the foreign object is trapped in the eye ball, avoid touching it as it can simply aggravate this injury.

Recurrent Corneal Abrasion Treatment

Warm compress
  • Use clean face cloth soaked in warm water, as hot as your eyelids can stand.
  • Bathe your eye (closed) for 5-10 minutes. Rewarm the cloth if it gets cold. This makes the debris easier to remove, as below.
Clean eyelids
  • Clean the edge of your eyelids (the eyelash edge) with a wet cotton bud.
  • Gently scrape off the debris moving the bud side to side.
  • Looking in a mirror, pull your lower eyelid down with the index finger of one hand, and gently but firmly wipe the bud along the edge of the lid to scrape the debris off.
  • With your chin up try the same on the upper, but this is harder.

Cleaning the eyelids

  • First try warm sterile water, that is boiled water allowed to cool but still warm. (Warm tap water is usually quite safe.)
  • Some people recommend a bicarbonate solution instead of plain water. Use a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, available from a chemist or supermarket bakery sections, to a pint of water. You can use this solution for a few days, keeping it in the fridge. Use a small amount each time.
  • Using baby shampoo may help. Place a few frops in a pint of water to dilute it first.
  • An antibiotic cream may help (as above); this can be squirted into the eye, or squirted onto your finger, and you can then spread it over the eyelids. Alternatively, apply the ointment with the cotton bud onto the eyelid.
  • may be a healthy diet will help

Bandage Contact Lens Corneal Abrasion

Bandage contact lenses can protect the eyes and increase comfort for patients with damaged or compromised corneas. When patients present with corneal damage due to injury or disease, bandage contact lenses can promote healing and reduce discomfort. Bandage contact lenses not only protect the eye from external assault, they also isolate the corneal surface from friction during blinking. Additionally, unlike other protective methods, such as pressure patching, bandage contact lenses allow medication to be easily instilled.

New Materials

Designed to speed healing and protect a compromised ocular surface or cornea, therapeutic contact lenses have been available for some time. In recent years, some soft cosmetic contact lenses—both daily and extended wear—have also become FDA-approved for therapeutic use. Made of silicone hydrogel materials that allow for a high degree of oxygen transmission, these lenses are now available in plano power for therapeutic purposes.

Over the past few years, I have used the Acuvue® Oasys™ brand as bandage contact lenses, and our Center was part of the study that led to the FDA approval of this lens for thereapuetic use in 2007. The lens is extremely comfortable for patients (in both therapeutic and cosmetic wear), and patients with mild to moderate dry eye are candidates for this lens technology as it is made of a highly wettable material. An additional benefit is the lens’ UV-blocking properties, as it blocks up to 86% of UVA and almost 100% of UVB. I still remind my patients to wear sunglasses outside, however, as I practice in south Florida where there is the potential for high levels of UV exposure.

Uses and Indications

Bandage contact lenses are essential for ablative procedures like PRK and PTK. Following these procedures, bandage contact lenses provide a protective environment to help speed epithelialization, as well as reduce pain and ocular surface irritation. I place a bandage lens on the eye immediately after surgery and instruct the patient to leave it in until I remove it at a follow-up visit 4 to 5 days postoperatively.

In addition to excimer laser surgery, I use bandage contact lenses for virtually any type of abrasion or recurrent corneal erosion. Bandage lenses can significantly reduce discomfort and can help with reepithelialization. Other conditions for which I commonly use bandage contact lenses, and for which Acuvue® Oasys™ lenses are indicated, include bullous keratopathy and filamentary keratitis.

As useful as soft bandage contact lenses may be, there are situations in which they are contraindicated. I am, for example, careful not to use them on eyes that are so dry that the bandage lens might further irritate the ocular surface. In these cases a rigid scleral lens that vaults over the cornea without touching it is usually a better option.


Bandage contact lenses are, in my opinion, superior to other protective options (eg, pressure patches) in one respect: with bandage lenses patients can easily instill eye drops. Bandage lenses may also potentially act as a reservoir for topical medications, increasing the amount of time a medication stays in contact with the eye.

Antibiotic prophylaxis is needed any time a bandage contact lens is used over a corneal abrasion or erosion and whenever one is used postoperatively. For an abrasion or erosion, a fluoroquinolone can be given 3 or 4 times a day, depending on the fluoroquinolone used. Likewise, after PRK or PTK, patients need to use topical antibiotics and nonpreserved artificial tears on a frequent basis.

After placing bandage lenses, I counsel patients to call the office immediately if there are signs or symptoms of corneal infection (eg, pain, reduction of vision, photophobia, etc.). Despite using prophylaxis, it is important to remain vigilant for signs of infection, as infection can lead to corneal scarring and vision loss.


Bandage contact lenses promote healing, serve as a protective barrier, and reduce discomfort in eyes that have been ablated, have a corneal abrasion or erosion, or have conditions such as bullous keratopathy or filamentary keratitis. I use Acuvue® Oasys™ contact lenses, which have excellent oxygen transmissibility and are FDA approved for therapeutic use. Eyes that have had surgery or which have an erosion or abrasion require antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infection. Unlike other protective options, bandage contact lenses allow for easy drop instillation.


Saturday, 18 February 2012

Recurrent Corneal Abrasion

Recurrent Corneal Abrasion
Corneal abrasion
(green when seen with fluorescein drops added)

Recurrent corneal abrasion is a painful eye condition, although your eye heals after a few hours or days. It is caused by a scratch on the surface of the eye in the previous months. Although the first injury heals, the healing is not perfect and the 'scratch' returns over the next months for no apparent reason. This page describes what is happening, and how you can reduce the number of recurrences.

Typically the condition starts when the surface of the eye is scratched, possibly by a finger nail. A patch of epithelium is scratched off or wrinkles up, leaving a bare patch of cornea.As the cornea has many nerves, this injury feels exquisitely painful, like a needle.The abrasion always heals and the pain goes.The healing takes 1mm a day from each side, so a large 7mm abrasion takes about 31/2 days, less in children, longer if you are older.
When a doctor looks into your eye, even with the microscope slit lamp in the Eye Department, it may be very difficult to see the injury.Sometimes it may not be apparent at the first examination. The doctor or nurse uses a yellow dye, called fluorescein, to examine your eye, and this dye sticks to a bare patch of cornea if there is one.There may not actually be a bare patch the cornea may just be wrinkled and very loosely attached.
Normally the epithelium sticks down to the layer underneath (the basement membrane) firmly. Tiny pegs underneath the cells that make up the epithelium keep the cells stuck on to the basement membrane.This is like painting on a wall: if you paint on the undercoat first, and then paint on the top coat, when the paint dries it will be well stuck down.However, these pegs may take 6-12 months to reform properly after the original injury. During this time the epithelium may be prone to slipping and sliding, and this slipping and sliding causes this condition.This is like painting on a bare surface with a 'top coat' of paint, when there is no 'undercoat'. The paint will dry but peel off really easily.A few people will this condition have inherited genes that make this sticking process faulty, but this is quite unusual.Certainly if your condition keeps happening year after a year a corneal specialist may detect this condition.

A second reason for the faulty sticking may lie in your tears.The glands in your eyelid, especially your lower lid, make secretions that help tears to spread. If these glands get blocked, your tears do not spread properly, and the eyelid may stick to the epithelium and pull it off before the pegs have firmly fixed it in position.If you clean your lids as below, the glands start to make their secretions again, and the process stops.In addition to the regular cleaning of the eyelids, sometimes using a cream at night can stop the sticking (the 'sticking' of the eyelid to the epithelium occurs when you wake up in the morning).


Corneal Abrasion Contact Lenses

Many people are able to wear lenses continuously for many days with no apparent problem or complication. However, sleeping in contact lenses, while convenient, substantially increases the risk for infection and other complications. The oxygen supply to the cornea drops overnight while wearing a contact lens. This can lead to swelling of the cornea (giving blurred vision or the visualization of rainbows around lights), breakdown of the corneal surface, and ultimately infection of the cornea (ulcer). This risk is high enough that many eyecare providers discourage against the use of contact lenses on an extended wear basis. If the lenses are used this way, extreme caution should be taken, and the lenses should be removed with any sign of trouble (eye redness, pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, etc.) In fact, it may be reasonable to consider refractive surgery as an alternative to extended wear contact lens use.

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Friday, 17 February 2012

Prevent Corneal Abrasion

Most corneal abrasions can be prevented, especially those that happen in the workplace or during sports. To help prevent corneal abrasions and other types of eye trauma, you can take these actions:
  • Do not rub your eyes.
  • Carefully trim your infant's fingernails.
  • Use appropriate protective eyewear at work. Studies have shown that goggles and other protective eyewear can reduce the risk of work-related eye injuries by more than 90%. For more information, contact the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • If you are an athlete, ask an experienced ophthalmologist, optometrist or optician for help in selecting protective eyewear that is appropriate for your sport. For example, sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses may be recommended for athletes who play handball, soccer, badminton or basketball.
  • Have your protective eyewear fitted by a professional. A proper fit will help to prevent dust and flying debris from going around or under your eyewear.
  • Clean your contact lenses thoroughly before you insert them, as directed by your eye care professional. Also, make sure that your hands are clean whenever you handle your lenses.
  • Don't sleep in your contact lenses.
Tip : If you do have eye pain or a foreign object, consider seeing an eye specialist immediately rather than going to the emergency room as many emergency rooms will need to refer you to an eye specialist anyway. However, if you have a severe injury or chemical splash, call 911 or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Corneal Abrasion Picture

Corneal Abrasion Picture
Corneal Abrasion Picture
Image source: wikipedia

Corneal Abrasion Picture
Corneal Abrasion Pictures

Corneal Abrasion Picture

Fluorescein staining, showing abrasions on the cornea
of the eye.

Corneal abrasion is a medical condition involving the loss of the surface epithelial layer of the eye's cornea. A corneal abrasion occurs when there is a loss of cells from the epithelium or surface of the cornea. It is usually due to trauma but may occur without trauma such as with the overuse of contact lenses.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Corneal Abrasion Symptoms

A corneal abrasion is a worn or scraped-off area of the outer, clear layer of the eye (cornea).
A corneal abrasion is usually the result of direct injury to the eye, often from a fingernail scratch, makeup brushes, contact lenses, foreign body, or even twigs. Patients often complain of feeling a foreign body in their eye, and they may have pain, sensitivity to light, or tearing.

Some corneal abration symptoms that can be experienced are:
  • A feeling that there is something in the eye – this feeling often starts a few hours after any injury instead of immediately.
  • Eyes watery
  • Distortion or blurred vision
  • When exposed to any bright light – severe eye pain
  • Muscle spasms surrounding the eye – causing individual to squint
An individual should see an ophthalmologist/eye specialist, if any of the following are experienced:
  • Eye pain – with or without any associated injury to the eye
  • Sudden loss of vision or a sudden substantial blurring of vision
  • Eye injury from high-speed equipment, such as a grinding wheel, hammering upon metal or from carpentry sanding – any of these can cause a tiny fragment to get in the eye
  • Have a sensation that something is in your eye
  • Exposure to sunlight or indoor bright lights cause eye pain which is severe
  • Redness of the eye
  • Experience of minor eye symptoms in the presence of an eye condition which is known or in the presence of having sight in only one eye
  • Pain lasts more than a few hours or is very severe.
  • Wearing of contact lens longer than normal
  • Chemical or heat burn to the eye
  • Returning pain of an eye injury that had seemed to have resolved with treatment
Go to the hospital’s emergency room if experiencing any of the above as well as unable to be seen by an ophthalmologist.

Corneal Abrasion Blurred Vision

Contact lenses are better at correcting certain types of vision problems than others. Simple nearsightedness or farsightedness is usually easily corrected using contact lenses, but astigmatism can be more challenging to correct, especially with soft lenses. Contact lenses have varying success in correcting the need for reading glasses, with bifocal contact lenses being successful in only about 50% of people.

Toric soft lenses have an astigmatism correction built into the lens, but rotation of the lens can lead to a shifting of the astigmatism correction, and temporarily blurred vision. For people with severe or irregular astigmatism, gas-permeable lenses or hard lenses may offer better visual results. Irregular astigmatism is a situation where the cornea is distorted due to a scar or underlying disorder. Sometimes rigid contact lenses are the ONLY way to correct the vision in these cases, as even glasses will not help (as in keratoconus).

Many people who use contact lenses may experience halos around lights at night, and sometimes ghost images. This probably is a normal phenomenon in most people, and occurs when the pupil is larger (or more dilated) than the optical area of a soft lens, or of the lens itself in cases of rigid lenses. However, seeing a rainbow around lights indicates swelling of the cornea (corneal edema), and indicates that the lenses have been in too long and should be removed.

Blurred vision in one eye or the other with a contact lens that was previously clear could indicate a more serious eye problem, and should be checked by the lens prescriber. Of course, it is possible that lenses can become switched between the eyes, but usually this is fairly obvious. An older lens can develop deposits and other surface problems which can make the vision not only blurry, but also can make the lens uncomfortable to wear.
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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Corneal Abrasion ICD 9

The ICD 9 code for Corneal Abrasion is 918.1.

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Corneal Abrasion Treatment

The cornea has a remarkable ability to heal itself, so treatment is designed to minimize complications. If the abrasion is very small, the doctor might just suggest an eye lubricant and a follow-up visit the next day. A very small abrasion should heal in one to two days; others

usually in one week. However, to avoid a possible infection, an antibiotic eye drop may be prescribed. Sometimes additional eye drops may make the eye feel more comfortable. Depending upon the extent of the abrasion, some doctors may patch the affected eye. It is very important to go for the follow-up checkup to make sure an infection does not occur. Use of contact lenses should not be resumed without the doctor's approval.

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