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The cornea is the clear surface that covers the front of the eye. When a speck of dirt, a wood chip, an insect, or another object flies into your child's eye, it can cause a painful scratch on the cornea. Your child also can scratch the cornea by wearing contact lenses too long or by rubbing his or her eyes. Small scratches usually heal in a day or two. Deeper scratches may take longer.
If your child has had a foreign object removed from his or her eye or has a corneal scratch, you will need to watch for infection and vision problems while the eye heals.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if your child has any problems.
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Current as of: January 24, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Carol L. Karp MD - Ophthalmology
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