A corneal abrasion is a cut or scratch on the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye.
Antibiotic eye drops or ointment may be recommended to prevent an infection in cases of
corneal abrasion. Medicated eye drops to ease pain and inflammation may also be used.
Sometimes, doctors temporarily patch the scratched eye. Pain medication may also be given.
A minor scratch should heal on its own in one to three days. More severe abrasions may take
longer to heal.
Here are some tips to help you while your eye heals:
• Do not wear contacts until your eye has completely healed and your eye doctor says it is
safe to do so.
• Wear sunglasses to help ease pain caused by the glare of the sun.
• Do not rub your eye.