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What is a corneal abrasion?

A corneal abrasion is an injury (a scratch, scrape or cut) to the epithelium. Abrasions are commonly caused by fingernail scratches, paper cuts, makeup brushes, scrapes from tree or bush limbs and rubbing the eye. Some eye conditions, such as dry eye, increase the chance of an abrasion.

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