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Corneal Abrasion (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of a Corneal Abrasion?

Corneal abrasions usually heal completely within 24-48 hours of the injury. However, in some cases, they may occasionally heal poorly and then recur without additional trauma. This condition is known as a recurrent corneal erosion and will sometimes follow an injury due to an evergreen branch or fingernail.

Other causes of eye pain and eye injuries may take longer to heal or may require more extensive treatment by your ophthalmologist.

Corneal Abrasion Pictures

Basic anatomy of the eye
Basic anatomy of the eye.

Cross-section of the orbit with anatomical view of the extraocular muscles in the eye.
Cross-section of the orbit with anatomical view of the extraocular muscles in the eye.

This corneal abrasion appears as a yellow-green area when stained with fluorescein and viewed with a blue light.
This corneal abrasion appears as a yellow-green area when stained with fluorescein and viewed with a blue light.

REFERENCES:

Ahmed, F., R. House, and B. Feldman. "Corneal Abrasions and Corneal Foreign Bodies." Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice 42.3 September 2015: 363-375.

Arbour, J.D., I. Brunette, H.M. Boisjoly, Z.H. Shi, J. Dumas, and M.C. Guertin. "Should We Patch Corneal Erosions?" Arch Ophthalmol 115.3 Mar. 1997: 313-317.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/11/2016

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