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Corneal Abrasion (Eye Scratch)

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 17, 2007
  • 10:46 PM

hi im wondering if anyone has gotten a corneal abrasion (scratch on the eye) without knowing or knowing so. What symptoms have you gotten and does it heal by itsself. Im not sure but i think i got an abrasion when something hit my right eye but didnt feel it until i went to bed. it was a numb acheing feeling that lasted for a couple minutes n went away but came back in the morning and repeated itself over periods of time in the day for 2-3 days. now the feeling is gone. its about a week now and whenever i tear up heavily the eye seems to sting, is this normal. when i tear lightly theres no stinging.

pls reply. thanks

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  • I am recovering from a corneal abrasion and that does not sound at all like one. A corneal abrasion is INTENSELY painful. The doctor said it's worse than childbirth. Additionally you would feel as if something was in your eye. However when I teared up heavily the eye did sting, so that is a common symptom! Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 5, 2007
    • 03:01 PM
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  • worse than childbirth? generally not... although the symptoms can be severe, corneal abrasions come in many 'flavors' and milder microabrasions or recurrent corneal erosions can present as the initial questioner described. artificial tears and lubricating ointments (especially at bedtime) can generally help with the symptoms you describe.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 16, 2007
    • 02:27 AM
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  • Can someone please tell me how long this takes to heal? Thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 22, 2007
    • 01:24 PM
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  • I am just getting over a corneal abrasion no more than 1 day ago and let me tell you that it is one of the most annoying and irritating pains you can ever have. I was putting braid extensions in my daughter's hair when I got poked in eye with one of the packs of hair. I thought it was gonna be a quick sting, rub it a few times and it would be over. Boy was I wrong! It got to the point where it felt like I had a pointy peice something in my eye. Come to find out my cornea had been scratced. I rubbed and wiped but nothing helped. It seem to get worse and worse to the point where I couldnt keep either eye open. It seemed to be affecting the function of the good eye. Light was definitley a no go. I could barely stand to be in a lighted house let alone go out into the sunlight. Finally, my aunt who had experienced the same thing told me to go and buy an eye ointment GEL, eye patch and first aid tape. So, I put the gel in my eye and taped my eye shut so as not to be able to blink. Then put the patch on it. I slept like that over night into the late morning. After I took off the eye patch, It was very difficult to open my eye because it had gotten used to being closed. It was also very very sore. By the afternoon my eye was in wayyyyy better condition. I could blink without the feeling of something in it, and the redness and soreness had subsided minus the fact that it was still a little sensitive to light. By far one of my worst experiences!
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  • I've worn contacts since I was 14 and have had corneal abrasions without even knowing about them....my eyes just felt uncomfortable. They can and do heal on their own.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2010
    • 05:55 PM
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