Corneal Abrasion

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Highly specialized in treating cornea conditions
  • State-of-the-art tools used to make quick and accurate diagnoses
  • Perform advanced surgical procedures not available elsewhere in the state

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, assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual science at Yale School of Medicine. Yale Medicine has eye 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.