Treating Corneal Abrasion

How to take care of a corneal abrasion 

Your eyes are an incredibly delicate part of your body. The smallest scratch or impact can cause significant damage that could easily go unnoticed. When it comes to your eyes, it’s important to be aware of even the slightest pain or discomfort. At Dr. Bishop & Associates in Calgary, we understand how difficult it is to take care of your eyes. Let us here at the eye clinic give you a detailed explanation of what to look for and how to treat your corneal abrasion.

What is a corneal abrasion?

Basically, it’s a scratched cornea. It happens very quickly from something as harmless as a poke to the eye or a piece of dirt trapped under your eyelid. An easy way to recognize a corneal abrasion is a distinct stinging sensation, along with the inability to keep your eye shut.

What causes a corneal abrasion?

There are many possible causes, but some of the main ones include:

  • Poke to the eye with sharp object
  • Dirt, sawdust or other foreign material trapped under the eyelid
  • Chemicals in the eye
  • Excessive rubbing
  • Ill-fitting contact lenses

Signs of a corneal abrasion

The effects and symptoms of a scratched cornea are very uncomfortable, so you’ll probably want to act fast. The effects of a corneal abrasion are characterized by:

  • Feeling of sand or grit in your eye or stinging of your eye
  • Significant pain upon closing your eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Abnormal tearing or redness
  • Inability to see


Treating a scratched cornea is relatively simple. The most important part is to do it quickly to avoid any further damage to your eye. Here at the clinic in Calgary, we recommend you contact your eye doctor immediately after detecting an abrasion. Your doctor will make sure there is nothing still left in your eye, and then will likely prescribe some medicated drops and may wrap your eye to prevent the sunlight from causing any unnecessary discomfort. After the eye exam is complete, our Calgary specialists recommend that you not wear contact lenses until your eye is fully healed. You should also avoid rubbing your eye and consider wearing sunglasses for added protection.

Recovery time

Recovery time varies from case to case. If treated properly, a minor scratch will generally heal fully by itself within 1 to 3 days. More severe scratches will take a longer time to heal and may require further medical attention.

For more information regarding corneal abrasions or any other medical condition pertaining to your vision, contact us here. We take pride in simplifying the care of your optic health. Visit our website to find a location near you.

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