The clear, protective “window” at the front of your eye is called the “cornea”. The most common type of eye injuries involve the cornea. A corneal abrasion is a superficial scratch to the cornea. Don’t let the “superficial” term fool you, corneal abrasions can be painful. If you have ever experienced a scratch to your eye, you can attest to this!
In case of a corneal abrasion, seek medical attention promptly. Some corneal abrasions can become infected and result in a corneal ulcer, which is a serious complication. Corneal abrasions can be caused by contact with dust, dirt, sand, wood shavings, metal particles and even the edge of a piece of paper. Plant matter (tree branches, pine needles, etc.) can sometimes cause a delayed inflammation inside the eye.