Orange County Corneal Abrasion & Corneal Ulcers Specialists
Clarity Eye Group – Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Long Beach, Fountain Valley
The clear, outer window of the eye is called the cornea, and a corneal abrasion is a scratch in the epithelium, the thin, outer layer of the cornea. While most corneal abrasions heal in a short time, sometimes within hours, deeper or larger scratches may take up to a week to heal. Unfortunately, because the cornea has a tremendous number of nerve endings, any damage to the cornea can be very painful.
When there is a break or defect in the epithelium and damage to the underlying material called the stroma, microorganisms can reach the area under the cornea and a corneal ulcer can result.
Corneal ulcers generally heal well if treated early and aggressively. However, if neglected, they can lead to corneal clouding, scarring and even perforation, resulting in a serious loss of vision and possibly loss of the eye. Therefore, corneal ulcers should be treated as a serious, vision-threatening condition requiring prompt medical attention. If you believe you have a corneal ulcer, please contact Clarity Eye Group today.