Did you know?
Corneal abrasions can interrupt your vision and make your eye more susceptible to infection, they can also be quite painful. It’s important you get a scratched eye checked by your optometrist, or even your local eye casualty department, if you are in significant pain.
Signs of corneal abrasión
Signs and symptoms of a scratched eye include:
- Feeling like you have sand or grit in your eye
- Painful eyes, especially when opening or closing
- Teary or watering eyes
- Red eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
If you experience any of these symptoms or changes to vision, it’s important to get your eyes checked quickly.
Causes of scratched eye
There are many ways to get a corneal abrasion. No matter the size, anything that contacts the surface of the eye can cause injury. Common causes include airborne particles such as dust or sand, and any object which hits the open eye, for example during children’s playtime or DIY activities.
Dry eyes can increase your risk of corneal abrasion through insufficient lubrication of the eye. Dry areas cause the corneal surface to become fragile and therefore much more likely to become damaged, even during something as simple as rubbing your eye.
Corneal abrasion treatment
The majority of corneal abrasions slowly self-heal over several days. However, because the surface damage makes the eye more susceptible to infection, scratched eye treatment can require antibiotic eye drops or ointment.