Conditions + Treatments

Corneal Abrasions in Children

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Overview

A corneal abrasion is a scratch or injury to the cornea, which is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye.

  • Corneal abrasions are very common in children.
  • The condition can be caused by foreign bodies in the eye, a scratch from a toy or a fingernail, or even a contact lens. When these objects have contact with the surface of the eye, a small abrasion can occur.
  • After treatment, your doctor may place a patch over the affected eye to help decrease your child's level of discomfort.
  • Most corneal abrasions heal quickly and do not cause any permanent damage to the eye.
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