Corneal Abrasion - Scratched Cornea

Corneal abrasion consists in the loss of the outer layer of the cornea, called epithelium. It becomes noticeable after traumas (e.g. a finger in the eye) or corneal dystrophy.

Corneal dystrophy is often linked to the patient’s family medical history. Usually, the Bownman membrane is ruined and this makes the epithelium less stable and prone to detach itself even in case of very light traumas (e.g. opening the eyes at night). The most noticeable symptom is a very strong pain that is more bearable when the eye is kept close.

Treatment consists in bandaging the affected eye and rest. The epithelium grows back again in a couple of days. An eye examinations is fundamental to avoid the risk of infections.
People that are experiencing recurring or relapsed corneal abrasion, can undergo specific treatments, such as:

  • Corneal laser surgery (PTK)
  • Superficial Keratectomy with diamond scalpel (diamond burr polishing)

I’m suffering from corneal abrasion: what should I do?

Corneal abrasion is a very painful condition, but it usually heals by itself in a few days. Cornea can suffer abrasions while putting on make up, after traumas or because of contact lenses, or again repeatedly in case of cornea dystrophy.

It is necessary to use immediately antibiotic eye drops to prevent corneal infecrions; keeping the eye closed usually gives relief and speeds up the healing process. The best thing to do is get in touch with an ophthalmologist that can suggest the best treatment.

Stanislao Porrini, Teramo (Morro d'Oro)

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After two stem cell transplants for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, I had a cutaneous and a eye rejection, with corneal ulcers in both eyes and a corneal perforation in the left eye.

I underwent 14 operations at other facilitie... Keep on reading this reviews and contacted 8 well-known Italian professors, but all my hope was gone as everybody refused to perform surgery, because of the seriousness of my problem (1/20 in the right eye, nothing in the left: I was almost blind!).

The only one who give me a good advice was a dear doctor who suggest me to talk to Dr. Badalà, because he could perform a Boston Keratoprosthesis, that she considered my only chance to recover a few dioptres.

After the visit, Dr. Badalà proposed me a corneal transplant.

I underwent the transplant on Dec. 4, 2014, in Milan and was followed by Dr. Badalà and his fantastic team.

After surgery, which lasted 3 hours and a half under general anesthesia, I felt as if nothing had happened: no eye pain and no discomfort due to anesthesia.

I give top marks to surgery and clinic! I was discharged after just one night without any problem.

After surgery, for about ten days I did frequent follow ups, than one every 15 days and after that one every month.

Now,while I’m waiting for removing the stitches and reopening eyelids, I’m following the treatment given by Dr. Badalà and I can see the light through the slot left for the dressing!

For me it is a great progress and I thank the only one who took charge of this delicate problem. Besides being an excellent doctor, Dr. Badalà is a person with whom you can speak freely, as you talk with friends, he made me feel at home and he was always available for any explanation.