Lafayette Family Eye Care

Corneal Abrasion


One particular type of eye injury is a corneal abrasion, where the clear, front surface of the eye is scratched, scraped or cut. Abrasions are commonly caused by fingernails, paper cuts, makeup brushes, scrapes from tree or bush limbs, and rubbing of the eye. This normally will cause mild pain, tearing, light sensitivity, blurred vision, or a feeling of having something in your eye.


Common symptoms include:

  • Pain when opening or closing the eye
  • Feeling like something is in the eye
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision or loss of vision
  • Headache


To detect a corneal abrasion, Dr. Piccione will use a special dye called fluorescein to illuminate the injury. Treatment may include patching the injured eye to prevent eyelid blinking from irritating the injury, applying lubricating eyedrops or ointment to the eye to form a soothing layer between the eyelid and the abrasion, using antibiotics to prevent infection, dilating or widening the pupil to relieve pain, or wearing a special contact lens to help healing.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to determine your individual eye health and create a treatment plan that works best for you and your family.

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