A corneal abrasion, also known as a scratched cornea, is one of the most common eye injuries. There are many causes of a scratched eye or cornea, such as a poke in the eye, sand, a hairbrush, paper, a tree branch, or a sports injury.
It’s important to note that contact lenses will not protect your cornea from scratches, and a damaged or torn contact lens can be a cause of injury.
If your eye is in pain, or you think you have scratched it, please remember:
- Do not rub or touch your eye.
- Do not attempt to remove anything stuck in your eye
- Do not use any medication or ointment, unless advised by an eye doctor.
Your eyes may be more sensitive to light if you have scratched your cornea. Stay out of sunlight, and wear sunglasses if you must go outside
Contact your Olathe, Kansas optometrist immediately for any eye emergencies and if she is not available, then visit your local emergency room