Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Scratched Cornea Treatment

Initial treatment for a corneal abrasion includes removing material that caused the abrasion. Eye irrigation is the most effective way to remove most eye foreign bodies. Once the particle is removed, treatment focuses on protecting the eye from infection as the abrasion heals. Additional treatment includes antibiotic eyedrops or ointment, and pain medications. Most corneal abrasions heal within 2 days.

Treatment for corneal abrasion may include:

Scratched Cornea Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a corneal abrasion:

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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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