Foreign Body, Eye (cont.)
Eye Foreign Body Prognosis
- The prognosis for corneal abrasions, even large ones, is very good. Most corneal abrasions heal within 48 hours.
- The prognosis for other eye abnormalities is often much less favorable.
- A ruptured globe (eyeball) often leads to total loss of vision, even with early intervention.
- Retinal damage usually leads to permanent vision loss. Depending on the extent of the retinal damage, this vision loss could be partial or complete.
- Depending on the nature of the injury and other associated injuries, damage to the iris may be repairable.
- Lacerations to the tissues around the eye are often repairable but can lead to varying levels of facial disfigurement.
Howard A. Blumstein, MD, FAAEM
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