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What is a corneal abrasion?

A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the cornea, the clear domed surface of the eye in front of the iris. The cornea is very sensitive, so any scratches on the cornea can be painful, leading to watering and light sensitivity.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Pink eye


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