Corneal Abrasion

Learn More About Corneal Abrasion Treatment at Aurora

What is a Corneal Abrasion?

A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the cornea, which is the clear, protective coating in front of your eye. Almost anything that gets in your eye can cause a corneal abrasion. Dust, sand, dirt, hair or fur, sawdust, metal particles and more can get in your eye and scratch your cornea. Most corneal abrasions are not serious and will heal on their own within one to two days. But some can become infected, which can lead to a serious eye problem called corneal ulcer. Another complication of some corneal abrasions is inflammation inside your eye called iritis.

Corneal abrasions may feel like you’ve got something in your eye. Your eyes may tear, your vision may be blurry and the area around your eye may be red or sensitive. If you think you may have a corneal abrasion, contact an Aurora ophthalmologist right away. It’s important to have your eye examined and, if necessary, treated to avoid complications.

How is a Corneal Abrasion Treated?

The most important thing to do if you suspect a corneal abrasion is to see an eye doctor as soon as possible. Immediate treatment can help reduce the chance that you’ll make the condition worse. Do not try to remove objects from your eyeball or any large objects that make closing your eye difficult. Also, do not rub your eye or touch your eyeball with anything, as it can aggravate your condition. You can rinse your eye with clean water or a saline solution. Blinking several times in a row and pulling your upper eyelid over your lower eyelid may help as well.

Ophthalmologists at Aurora prescribe treatments such as antibiotic eye drops and ointments, medicated drops to help ease the pain, and sometimes oral pain medication. Your eye care specialist may also give you a patch to cover your eye while it heals.

Why Choose Aurora Health Care For Your Eye Care Needs?

When it comes to caring for your eyes and vision, you want the best. And at Aurora, our ophthalmologists in Wisconsin and northern Illinois are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced eye care and treatments available today.

Because Aurora eye care experts work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, they can offer you so much more than simple vision care. At Aurora, you’ll get:

  • Expert care at any hour of the day – At Aurora, we have board-certified ophthalmologists on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for you if you have an eye emergency – even if it’s at 3 a.m.
  • Care focused on you – Every one of our ophthalmologists believes that involving patients in the decisions that affect them, making them a part of their health care team, and making sure they understand their condition and treatment options is the best way to deliver outstanding care. At Aurora, you can expect us to focus on you, delivering the best possible care for you.
  • Immediate access to referrals – Aurora Health Care offers hundreds of specialists under one roof, as part of one integrated health care team. Some eye conditions are signs of other conditions, such as diabetes, vascular disease and neurological issues. If your ophthalmologist sees evidence of other disease during your eye exam, he or she can make a referral to another specialist and get you an appointment right away.
  • Convenient care in multiple locations – Aurora has eye care specialists in a variety of locations across eastern Wisconsin. We have clinics, hospitals and surgery centers that offer the entire spectrum of eye care.
  • Care for infants through senior citizens – At Aurora, we have eye care ophthalmologists who specialize in eye care for both adults and children. Our pediatric ophthalmologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat eye conditions in children.
  • Innovation – You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology, including:

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With an Ophthalmologist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with an ophthalmologist at Aurora, call one of our ophthalmology offices directly. View the list of Aurora ophthalmologists.