Corneal Abrasion Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Corneal Abrasion
Minor scratches usually heal within 1-2 days. Your eye may be patched for improved comfort. In some cases, your eye doctor will place a contact lens in the eye to help relieve the discomfort and improve healing. The doctor will likely ask you to come back often to make sure the abrasion is healing.
Treatment may include:
Removing a Foreign Object
The doctor will remove the foreign object by flushing the eye with saline or by using a cotton swab, needle, or other tool. You may need to wear a patch over your eye.
Medications may include:
- Antibiotic eye drops or ointment to prevent infection
- Pain medications as needed
Always go to an eye doctor immediately if your eye is bothering you. Besides treatment prescribed by your eye doctor, self-care may include:
- Do not rub your eye. Rubbing may worsen the abrasion.
- If you are not wearing an eye patch, moist compresses may help relieve the pain.
- Do not put your contact lenses back in your eye until you get your doctor's approval.
If you are diagnosed with a corneal abrasion, follow your doctor's instructions.