Corneal Abrasions
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A corneal abrasion is a painful scrape or scratch of the surface of the clear part of the eye. Dr. Edward Hill discusses these injuries in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the cornea. The cornea is a thin, clear, protective shield at the front of your eye. It covers the colored part of your eye and your pupil.

Many things can get into your eye and cause a corneal abrasion, including sand, dust, dirt, wood or metal shavings, fingernails, tree branches and contact lenses. When a corneal abrasion doesnít heal right, it may get infected.

The cornea is very sensitive, so a corneal abrasion usually hurts. You may feel like you have sand or grit in your eye, and your eye may look red. You might get tears or blurred vision.

If you get something in your eye, try to wash out the eye by splashing clean water into it. Sometimes, blinking or pulling the upper eyelid over the lower eyelid will remove the grit from under your eyelid. Try not to rub your eye. If you canít get the grit out, or if you canít see anything in your eye, call your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.