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Corneal Abrasions in Children

  • 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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