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Corneal Abrasion

Corneal Abrasion is a topic covered in the 5-Minute Emergency Consult.

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  • Any tear or defect in the corneal epithelium
  • May be traumatic, spontaneous, due to foreign body, or contact lens related


  • Traumatic:
    • Human fingernail
    • Branches
    • Hairbrushes/combs
    • Sand/stones
    • Snow
    • Pens/pencils
    • Toys
    • Chemical burn
    • Airbag deployment
    • Pepper spray
    • Paper/cardboard
    • Make-up applicator
    • Animal paws
  • Foreign body related:
    • Wood
    • Glass
    • Metal
    • Rust
    • Plastic
    • Fiberglass
    • Vegetable matter
    • Eyelid foreign body
  • Contact lens related:
    • Over-worn
    • Improperly fitting or cleaned
  • Spontaneous:
    • Usually previous traumatic corneal abrasion or an underlying defect in the corneal epithelium

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Rosen, Peter, et al., editors. "Corneal Abrasion." 5-Minute Emergency Consult, 5th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2016. Emergency Central, emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307158/all/Corneal_Abrasion.
Corneal Abrasion. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, et al, eds. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307158/all/Corneal_Abrasion. Accessed April 24, 2019.
Corneal Abrasion. (2016). In Rosen, P., Shayne, P., Barkin, A. Z., Wolfe, R. E., Hayden, S. R., Barkin, R. M., & Schaider, J. J. (Eds.), 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Available from https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307158/all/Corneal_Abrasion
Corneal Abrasion [Internet]. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, Wolfe RE, Hayden SR, Barkin RM, Schaider JJ, editors. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. [cited 2019 April 24]. Available from: https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307158/all/Corneal_Abrasion.
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