Corneal Abrasion

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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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