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Corneal Erosion

Corneal erosion is caused by a loose attachment of the surface layer of the cornea to the underlying tissue. It may occur spontaneously, often after awakening in the morning.


  • The feeling that something is in the eye
  • Pain and soreness of the eye
  • Redness of the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tearing
  • Blurred vision


Treatment may include the following:

  • Patching the injured eye to prevent eyelid blinking and irritating the injury
  • Applying lubricating eye drops or ointment to the eye to form a soothing layer between the eyelid and abrasion
  • Using antibiotics to prevent infection
  • Wearing a special contact lens to help the healing

If corneal erosion keeps occurring, further treatment may be needed including:

  • Gentle removing of the damaged tissue
  • Removal of a small layer of cells using a laser
  • Anterior Stromal Puncture. This procedure involves making tiny holes on the surface of the cornea to promote stronger attachments between the top layer of corneal cells and the layer of the cornea underneath


For maximum protection:

  • Use proper eyewear when using power tools, mowing the lawn and performing other yard work, playing sports, and while working around wood and steel.
  • Regularly clip your infants or young child’s fingernails
  • Follow the instruction on how to wear and care for your contact lens.
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