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Corneal Injury

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

The cornea is the clear window on the front of the eye that covers the colored iris and pupil. The two most common types of corneal injuries are abrasions and lacerations. An abrasion is a scraping of the surface of the cornea. A corneal laceration involves a scratch or a puncture through the layers of the cornea. Injury to the cornea can cause visual impairments.

What are the causes and risks of the injury?

The cornea can be damaged by a number of factors, including:

  • chemicals that are splashed into the eye
  • contact lenses that are left in place too long
  • eye disorders, including glaucoma and conjunctivitis
  • foreign bodies, such as tree branches and mascara wands
  • foreign bodies that are stuck under an eyelid
  • medical conditions that prevent the person from closing his or her eyelids
  • sand, sawdust, or other material that is blown into the eye


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    Corneal Injury: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: William Stevens, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/14/01

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