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.

Piero Banna, Catania

Votazione: Eccellente
I underwent DMEK (an endothelian cornel transplant) in my right eye over a year ago. The corneal transplant was performed by Dr. Badalà.
My vision was very bad, 20/200 in the affected eye and it was bothering the visio... Keep on reading this reviewn I had with my better eye, making it very difficult to use the two eyes together, specifically when driving.
I trust Dr. Badalà because of US training and said: “I’m at the last shore, even if the surgery doesn’t go well, this eye is only giving me problems”
All eye examination before and after the operation were performed in the excellent Eye center located in Catania.
The corneal transplant with the very new technique DMEK (Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty) was carried out in Milan in a private hospital, accredited with the National Healthcare,with state of the art equipment and was totally free of charge for me.
The surgery was under general anesthesia without complications. The only real problem, which was extensively explained by Dr. Badalà, is that I had to stay flat in bed for the first day with my head facing the ceiling. This is because the new endothelial cells transplanted are kept in place by a small air bubble. I was allowed to move every half an hour and from the next day I was allowed to go back to a normal life.
The time in the hospital - one night - was fast and warmed up by a very kind nursing team and frequent encounters with the doctor, who was always answering my questions, showing confidence and humanity.
No patching and fast progressive visual rehabilitation surprised me. Two months post-op. visual acuity was 20/40, similar to my better eye. Six months after visual acuity is 20/25 much better and clear than my “older” good eye.
When I went to buy a new pair of glasses my German optician, well-known in Catania, said: “I can’t believe it, it’s a miracle! Who’s the eye surgeon that made this new eye? Tell him he made a good job!”
I’m convinced that corneal transplant surgery is complex and requires high technology and a lot of experience, when a surgery like this seems simple and routinary, that means that the eye surgeon is really good.
Thank you Doctor Badalà, I’m starting to think seriously about getting a corneal transplant in the other eye.