A scratch on the cornea, the transparent epithelium overlying the pupil and iris, and through which light is refracted into the eye. Corneal abrasions are very painful, but they usually heal without scarring in a few days. Nevertheless, as with any other eye injury, a corneal abrasion should be evaluated fully by a doctor. If the abrasion is associated with a foreign body on the surface of the eye, this should be removed only by a medical expert. Treatment of an uncomplicated, superficial corneal abrasion is aimed at reducing the pain and preventing secondary infections. It usually consists of applying a firm eye pad over a closed eye and a broad spectrum antibiotic cream.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.