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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.

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