Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abrasion to the Cornea Underlying Cause

Corneal abrasions are caused by any object or substance that comes in contact with the surface of the cornea. An abrasion is more likely if an object becomes stuck underneath the eyelid.

Common causes of corneal abrasion include:

  • Altercations
  • Chemical splash
  • Combs
  • Contact lenses
  • Dirt or sand
  • Fingernails
  • Metal fragments
  • Sports injuries

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Last Updated: Apr 10, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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