Corneal Abrasion

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A close-up of a woman who possibly has a corneal abrasion

It feels like a grain of sand is trapped in your eye that won't come out. Your eye is teary, and it stings when you look into the light. If you have these symptoms, you could have a corneal abrasion, the most common trauma to the eye. A corneal abrasion affects the cornea, the outermost layer of the eye, which is vulnerable to scratches and pokes that can tear this delicate tissue.

It is important that abrasions are treated properly, says Jessica H. Chow, MD, a physician with Yale Medicine Ophthalmology. We have specialists with training in treating the cornea, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and, if it becomes necessary, access to the latest, most advanced eye treatments.