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Eye Abrasion

I suffered a large superficial abrasion over my cornea two weeks ago. It was checked by an eye specialist and was given lubricant for it. I went back to the specialist a few days ago and was told it would be completely healed in around 2 more weeks.

Since the abrasion I have been having blurred vision and constant ghosting in that eye and it has not improved at all.

I was told there was no scarring and no ulceration.

Does anyone know how long it takes for vision issues to return to normal after large abrasions like this? The ghosting is really concerning me.
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177275 tn?1511755244
You were told wrong. It takes minimum of 6-8 weeks for the cornea to heal as strong as before.  You should use artificial tears 4-6 times/day and a lubricating gel at bedtime (such as Genteal Gel).  Failure to do so could cause 'recurrent corneal erosion  syndrome)   If you vision is not back to normal by then you need to see an corneal specialist Eye MD ophthalmologist.  Also avoid sleeping under fan or having air blow into eye (e.g. AC unit on your car)
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Thank you for your response Dr Hagan. I have been using artificial tears 4 times a day and a lubricant oitment every night for 2 weeks and I am going to continue with that.

The specialist now wants to perform a Corneal Topography and a Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography. Is this too soon?

I have noticed that when I put the artificial tear gel into my eye and it covers my whole eye the ghosting disappears until I fully blink the gel in then it's back. It's also more noticeable on high contrast backgrounds.

Looking at a computer screen for more than 10 minutes also makes my eye haze for several minutes afterwards. It has also caused some nearsightedness in that eye since the abrasion.

I was assured my ghosting would be gone within a few weeks and it is a common issue with large corneal abrasions even superficial ones that cover the vision area.

Mine was 45 percent of my cornea.

It is normal for vision to remain impacted for many weeks, possibly months after an abrasion like this until the epithelium has fully healed and remodeled itself causing temporary refraction changes?

I am taking your advice and currently in the process of searching for a Ophthalmologist that specializes in corneal issues should this be needed in a few weeks time.

177275 tn?1511755244
Your problems are very common and if you take the time to look using the search feature there are many posts similiar to  yours.  As long as the biomicroscope (slit lamp) exam showed continued healing I would probably not get corneal topography until 6-8 weeks post op and then only if the vision was not clear or the patient complaining of ghosting.
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Thank you Doctor for your response.

It's now been 5 weeks since the corneal abrasion to my eye. I am still using artificial tears during the day and ointments at night.

My vision has improved and is clear again but ghosting/ shadowing still persists. It is also worse during the morning for several hours but is still noticeable for the rest of the day.

It has been a week since I had any noticeable improvement with the clarity of my vision. I would say the vision is about 60% better than it was but the ghosting and shadowing around objects still persists, it has faded a little but still very noticeable.

Shall I wait another few weeks before booking the appointment with Ophthalmologist or should I consider doing it now?

Residual ghosting also appears to be worse straight after blinking with that eye. I am not sure if that is significant or not?

Thank you.

177275 tn?1511755244
It may take a while to schedule an appointment. In the first posting I suggested 6-8 weeks. So if you called now and set up something in 1-4 weeks that would make sense.
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