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Ouch! How do you handle an injured eye?

It can happen in the sandbox, it can happen on the lawnmower, it can happen driving with the windows down…Corneal Abrasions have been a common complaint lately by patients seeking help from Centra Care docs.

Centra Care doctors have seen an increase in eye injuries over the past two weeks and they want you and your family to be aware.


Debris in the eyes, if rubbed or left untreated can lead to corneal abrasion – a scratch on the protective covering over the iris and pupil of your eye. A scratch on your cornea can cause significant discomfort.

Symptoms of corneal abrasion don’t always happen immediately, so often the exact cause is unknown.

If you get a particle or foreign material in your eye:

  • DO NOT rub the eye.
  • Lift the upper eyelid over the lashes of your lower lid.
  • Blink several times and allow tears to flush out the particle.
  • If the particle remains, keep your eye closed and seek medical attention.

Symptoms of corneal abrasion may include:

  • Feeling like you have sand in your eye
  • Tearing and redness
  • Eye pain
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Headache

Antibiotic eye drops or ointment may be recommended to prevent an infection. Minor scratches typically heal in one to three days.