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What is a corneal abrasion, and is it dangerous?

Among the injuries you could suffer in a car crash, one of the most devastating is an injury to the eyes. Motor vehicle crash-associated eye injuries can take many weeks, months or longer to heal. In some cases, surgery may be needed or a patient could be left blind.

Of the injuries that are commonly seen in the eyes, one you may suffer from is a corneal abrasion. These are interesting injuries, because they can range from minor scratches to deep wounds that leave scars on the eyes.

Corneal abrasions: Severity

A corneal abrasion is nothing more than a scratched eye. The scratch could happen when debris comes into contact with your eye or due to trauma.

Some of the common symptoms of a scratched eye include pain, eye twitching, nausea and tearing. Sometimes, people have headaches and nausea, too.

The most important thing to find out about your eye injury is the severity. Minor abrasions usually heal without much help and might be treated with eye drops or other medications prescribed by the emergency physician. More serious abrasions may have to be treated with a bandage contact lens. Deep abrasions take longer to heal and sometimes leave scarring that blurs the vision.

You shouldn't let an eye injury go untreated because there is a potential to lose more of your vision due to complications. If you hit your head and have blurry vision or have a problem with your eyes after a crash, make sure you seek help. You can claim for this injury and others when you file against the at-fault driver.

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