Corneal Abrasion: What Is It and Why Does It Hurt So Bad?

Corneal Abrasion - What Is It & Why Does It Hurt So Bad?

Are you in a lot of pain from getting poked or hit in your eye? Is your eye-watering, red or sensitive to light? If so, you may have a corneal abrasion (also known as a scratch or cut on the front of your eye).

In the video below, Dr. Vicky Wong highlights everything you need to know about corneal abrasions.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

What is a corneal abrasion?

A corneal abrasion occurs when the top layer of the front of your eye, known as the cornea, is scratched or cut open.

It most commonly occurs upon impact, contact lens overwear or after exposure to dangerous chemicals and is often extremely painful. However, many times it simply feels like you have something in your eye.

Unfortunately, this pain occurs when the hypersensitive nerves of your cornea are exposed and can linger until your eye is fully healed!

RELATED: Recurrent Corneal Erosion (RCE): Causes and Treatment Options

Photo of a corneal abrasion staining with sodium fluorescein under blue light

Regardless, if you think you have a scratch on the front of your eye, contact an eye care professional immediately for proper management, as you could be at risk for an eye infection.

Concerned you have a corneal abrasion? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!