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Corneal abrasion is a superficial scratch on the cornea, the clear lens that covers the iris and pupil of the eye. Dust, dirt, sand, metal particles and even contact lenses can scratch your cornea. So, what does a scratched eye feel like? What are its potential risks? Learn all about it here.

Symptoms of a Scratched Cornea

If you accidentally scratched the transparent part of your eye, you may see and feel the following symptoms:

  • A gritty feeling in the eye, tearing or eye pain

  • Redness or a spot of blood

  • Blurred vision

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Headache

In case of a corneal abrasion, seek medical attention as soon as possible. If left untreated, your scratched eye can become infected or even worse result in a corneal ulcer.

How to Treat a Scratched Cornea

Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to treating corneal abrasion:

  • Do rinse your eye with clean water or saline solution. Use an eyecup or a small, clean glass. Rest the rim of the glass on the bone of your eye socket. Use the water or saline solution to flush out the foreign object stuck in your eye.

  • Do blink. Blinking gently and frequently can help remove specks of dust or dirt in your eye.

  • Do wear sunglasses. If your eye is sensitive to light due to the abrasion, wearing sunglasses will help you feel comfortable while your eye heals.

  • Do not rub your eyes. This can only aggravate the scratch on your eye.

  • Do not wear your contact lenses. Contact lenses can slow down the healing process of your scratched eye and cause infections.

  • Do not use redness-relieving eye drops. Using over-the-counter eye drops on your affected eye can make it more painful.

Spectrum Eye Care specializes in high-quality vision care services, including comprehensive eye exams, myopia control and LASIK eye surgery. To schedule an appointment with an eye specialist, call (704) 543-9000, or fill out our convenient online form.