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.