• What Is Corneal Laceration?

    Written by: Kierstan Boyd
    Jul. 03, 2012

    A corneal laceration is a cut on the cornea, the clear front window of the eye. It is usually caused by something sharp flying into the eye or something striking the eye with significant force, like a metallic hand tool. A corneal laceration is deeper than a corneal abrasion, cutting partially or fully through the cornea. If the corneal laceration is deep enough (called a full thickness laceration), it will cut completely through the cornea and cause a ruptured globe, a tear in the outer surface of the eyeball itself.


    A corneal laceration is a very serious injury and requires immediate medical attention to avoid severe vision loss.

    If your eye has been injured, you should do the following:

    • Gently place a shield over the eye. The bottom of a paper cup taped to the bones surrounding the eye can serve as a shield until you get medical attention.
    • DO NOT rinse with water.
    • DO NOT remove the object stuck in eye.
    • DO NOT rub or apply pressure to eye.
    • Avoid giving aspirin, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs thin the blood and may increase bleeding.
    • After you have finished protecting the eye, see a physician immediately.