Corneal Scratch Treatment in Des Plaines, IL
The cornea, the transparent layer forming the front of the eye (and covering the iris, pupil and anterior chamber), is vulnerable to the outside world. When the cornea becomes scratched—whether it be from a scrape of a fingernail, contact lens or some other external source—this is known as a corneal abrasion or corneal scratch.
While most corneal scratches are superficial (i.e., non-threatening) and heal on their own, seeking the advice of a healthcare provider is recommended due to the delicate nature of the eye. As the cornea plays an important role in facilitating vision, improper treatment could risk vision. An untreated corneal scratch could lead to a corneal ulcer which poses a threat of permanent vision damage or loss if left untreated.
To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Des Plaines that specializes in corneal scratch treatment, call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
Corneal Abrasion Symptoms
With a corneal abrasion, blurred vision is a possible symptom due to its role as the proverbial window through which we see. Other corneal abrasion symptoms include:
- Prolonged eye pain
- A gritty feeling of the eye (as if something is in it that doesn’t go away even when cleaned)
- Sensitivity to light
Corneal Abrasion Diagnosis
You'll most likely know something is wrong if your cornea becomes scratched as it will cause eye pain; even a small injury sustained to the cornea can cause extreme pain. It is important to seek medical treatment if:
- You develop blurry vision after any type of injury to the eye
- You experience pain that doesn’t resolve within minutes or hours
- You feel the sensation of something in your eye despite nothing being there
- There is something in your eye, such as dirt, small particles or a splinter
- The eye is especially sensitive to bright light
Corneal Abrasion Treatment
Your healthcare provider can examine your eye to determine if you have sustained a corneal abrasion; he or she will also be able to safely remove any objects found in your eye without the risk of causing damage when attempted alone (the latter which should not be attempted). Anesthetic eye drops which numb the eye will help make the process more comfortable.
Your healthcare provider will prescribe eye drops and make recommendations regarding your eye health such as refraining from wearing contact lenses. Most corneal abrasions will heal on their own within a few days; however, after healing, the surface of the cornea can sometimes lose its original smoothness. In some cases, cells don't heal properly, causing what's called recurrent corneal erosions that may cause great discomfort. In these instances, your healthcare provider may recommend using eye drops to lubricate the eye, or possibly refraining from using contact lenses altogether. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to smoothen the corneal surface.
Preventing Corneal Abrasions
Because of the sensitive nature of the eye's cornea as well as the potential for permanent damage caused by external factors, the best treatment for corneal abrasions is prevention. You should never rub your eyes or scratch them. If you feel something in your eye, blink several times or rinse it out gently with clean water or a sterile saline solution. Never attempt to remove anything that's stuck in your eye.
If you experience any symptoms related to a corneal abrasion, it's important to give your eye time to heal and to consult a healthcare provider should eye pain become prolonged or severe. Schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Des Plaines that specializes in corneal scratch treatment. Call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
The Midwest Center for Sight
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