Contact lens abrasions and the nonophthalmologist

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Corneal abrasions associated with contact lens wear are commonly evaluated and treated in acute care clinics and emergency departments by nonophthalmologists. The risk of progression to suppurative keratitis in this setting requires management distinct from that of other mechanical (eg, fingernail scratch) corneal abrasions. The antibiotic chosen should reflect the need for prophylaxis against Pseudomonas. Conditions favoring bacterial growth, specifically occlusive patching and/or use of steroid containing compounds, should be avoided, and 24-hour follow-up examination is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)606-608
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1993


  • Cornea
  • contact lens
  • infection
  • trauma
  • ulceration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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