Corneal Abrasions After Surgery

Injury of the Eye

One common complication of surgery noted postoperatively is a corneal abrasion.  This is a superficial injury to the surface of the eye which happens during surgery. Many believe It happens if the eye is not completely closed while asleep and is then left exposed.  Recently providers have noted the use of an oxygen face mask and surgery occurring with the patient laying on their side that increases the risk.  

Preventing and Treating

There are many precautions one can take to prevent this.  If you do manage to have this there are some simple techniques for dealing with it.  Most of the time it resolves within two days and does not require the attention of an eye doctor.  If you have concerns make sure you discuss this with your anesthesia provider.