Corneal abrasions

Any blunt injury to the eye, even a poke in the eye, can lead to a corneal abrasion. The cornea is the circular coloured membrane which forms part of the middle coat of the eyeball. If damaged by being scratched the muscles attached to the cornea (the ciliary muscles) go into spasm which is painful.

Treatment includes

  • An eye pad to protect the eye
  • Antibiotic drops to prevent infection
  • Drops to relax the spasm of the muscles to help relieve the pain.
  • Painkillers
Complete healing is usual.

Further information

This article published on
25 November 2005

Next review date 11/1/2013


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