Have a Scratched Cornea? What to Do

Eye Care & Eye Exams Pontiac, MIThose long eyelashes you like to brag about aren’t just there for good lucks— they actually serve a purpose. Both your eyebrows and your eyelashes are designed to keep dust, dirt, and bacteria out of your eyes so that you don’t scratch your cornea or get any other sort of eye damage. Sometimes though, your eyelashes just can’t do enough and dust, dirt, or another foreign object may scratch your cornea.

If you have scratched your cornea, we’ve got you covered.

Rinse Your Eye With Saline

One of the best things you can do when you have a scratched cornea is to rinse it with a saline solution. Often there is a piece of dirt or dust that is still caught in your eye, and this will help flush it out.

Do Blink

Your initial reaction when you have something in your eye or if you have a scratched cornea may be to keep your eyes closed. However, because blinking is your eyes natural way of pushing dirt and dust out, make sure that you blink to try to get anything out.

Schedule an Eye Exam

Yes, you can look at your eye and presume that you have a scratched cornea, but unless you get a professional evaluation, there’s no real way to tell. If you think you scratched your cornea, schedule an eye appointment at our Wilkinson Eye Center office.


In most cases, if the scratch is fairly surface level, it should heal on its own within a couple of weeks. If, however, we look at it and decide that it’s deep enough, we may recommend some antibiotic eye drops and an eye patch.  During your evaluation, we will go over all of your options.

If you have a scratched cornea, make sure that you follow the steps listed above. If you have any questions or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, call Wilkinson Eye Center at (248) 334-4931.

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