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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

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