The most common symptom of corneal erosion is mild to severe pain. The pain may be particularly uncomfortable in the morning upon awakening because the eyes naturally get dry at night, and the eyelid can stick slightly to the epithelium. If the epithelium is not firmly attached, sometimes opening the lids can cause the epithelium to tear off. Without treatment, your eyes may continue to experience this erosion.
Other symptoms include:
- Feeling of something in the eye
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
- Watery eyes (particularly on awakening)
If EyeSee thinks you have corneal erosion, Dr. Nakhlis or Dr. Shabo will conduct an examination with a slit lamp, an instrument that shines a thin, bright sheet of light into your eye. This allows us to examine the front portion of your eye thoroughly. We may also put a fluorescein stain, a yellow dye, in your eye to reveal areas of the cornea experiencing erosion.
How we can help:
We may prescribe a lubricating ointment at bedtime, specific artificial tears during the day to keep your eyes moist, patching, specialty contact lenses, or antibiotics until the epithelium has healed. If the previously stated doesn’t resolve the issue, we may recommend seeing a highly qualified opthamologist for possible surgery, which we will co-manage.