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Corneal Abrasion (cont.)

What Types of Specialists Treat Corneal Abrasions?

If you develop a corneal abrasion, you should be examined promptly by a medical professional. This person will often be an emergency physician or your family doctor. They are often able to diagnose and manage a corneal abrasion. If the initial physician feels that your problem needs specialized care, they will refer you to an ophthalmologist.

Questions to Ask the Doctor about Corneal Abrasion

  • What is the cause of my symptoms?
  • How large is the corneal abrasion?
  • Will I develop any scarring or permanent vision loss from the corneal abrasion?
  • How can I prevent this injury from happening again?
  • What can I expect to feel once the effects of the numbing eyedrops have worn off?
  • When may I resume my regular activities?

What Tests Do Health-Care Professionals Use to Diagnose a Corneal Abrasion?

  • Inform your ophthalmologist of any previous eye problems, including injuries, or eye diseases, such as glaucoma, because certain eyedrops may worsen these conditions.
  • Tell your ophthalmologist if you have any allergies. If you have any reaction to a prescribed medication, contact your ophthalmologist immediately.
  • Your ophthalmologist may put a numbing eyedrop into your eye which will temporarily take away the pain and allow you to keep your eye open for the examination. Your ophthalmologist may also put a yellow-colored eyedrop into your eye and examine your eye with a blue light. This eyedrop contains a dye called fluorescein that makes corneal abrasions easier for the ophthalmologist to see during the examination.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/11/2016

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