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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