A corneal abrasion is a superficial scratch on the clear, protective "window" at the front of the eye (cornea). The cornea can be scratched by contact with dust, dirt, sand, wood shavings, plant matter, metal particles, contact lenses or even the edge of a piece of paper.
Symptoms of corneal abrasion include:
- Blurry vision
- A gritty feeling in the eye
- Sensitivity to the light (photophobia)
In case of a corneal abrasion, seek prompt medical attention. Left untreated, the abrasion could become infected and result in a sore known as a corneal ulcer.
- Rinse your eye with clean water or a saline solution.You can use an eyecup or a small, clean drinking glass positioned with its rim resting on the bone at the base of your eye socket. If you have quick access to a work site eye-rinse station, use it. Rinsing the eye may wash out a foreign object.
- Blink several times.This may remove small particles.
- Pull the upper eyelid over the lower eyelid.This may cause your eye to tear, which may help wash out the particle. Or it may cause the lashes of your lower eyelid to brush away an object from under your upper eyelid.
Few homoeopathic medicine to be thought of in the management of corneal abrasion are:
Aconitum napellus: This remedy may bring relief when foreign matter gets into the eye and causes irritation. The person feels fearful and agitated — with eye pain, heavy watering, and heightened sensitivity to light.
Coccus cacti: Sensation of a foreign body between upper lid and eyeball. Distress from cinders lodged in eye.
In worse cases, you must consult doctor for the most suitable medicine.