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When should I seek emergency treatment for a scratched eye?

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Do so if:

  • You have pain, vision changes, or more sensitivity to light.
  • You have a foreign object lodged in your eye, eyelid, or under your eyelid.
  • You can't see.
  • Something hit your eye at high speed or with high force.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Corneal Abrasions."

Florida Hospital Urgent Care Central Care Health Library: "Corneal Abrasion or Injury."

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Corneal Abrasion."

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Corneal Abrasions."

Corneal Abrasion Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on December 07, 2017

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Corneal Abrasions."

Florida Hospital Urgent Care Central Care Health Library: "Corneal Abrasion or Injury."

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Corneal Abrasion."

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Corneal Abrasions."

Corneal Abrasion Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on December 07, 2017

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