A corneal abrasion is a scrape or scratch on the clear front surface of the eye that can occur as a result of exposure to a foreign object, ultraviolet light, infection or from being hit in the face. Patients with this condition may experience a sensation of having something in their eye, along with tearing, blurred vision and eye pain when exposed to bright light.
Depending on the cause of the condition, patients may be able to treat a corneal abrasion at home by rinsing the eye, using artificial tears or taking over-the-counter medications. If symptoms persist, antibiotic eyedrops or ointment may be needed to relieve inflammation. Your doctor may also recommend patching, pain medication or eyedrops to reduce muscle spasms.
It is important for patients with corneal abrasion to avoid touching or rubbing their eyes. In most cases, corneal abrasion can be effectively treated with no permanent complications.