While many exfoliating scrubs are available over-the-counter for cleansing the skin and improving the skin’s appearance, there are some concerns that come with many of these products. Exfoliating scrubs are known for using small plastic balls. These bits of plastic are used to remove debris from the face and body, but they also pose a risk for corneal abrasion. If patients are not careful, these small plastic pieces can get into the eyes and cause painful corneal abrasions, or scratches, on the eyeball.
What are the symptoms of a corneal abrasion?
A corneal abrasion is a scratch that occurs on the eyeball, specifically on the cornea near the front of the eye. Symptoms that a corneal abrasion exists include:
- Sandy or gritty feeling in the eye
- Extra tear production
- Eye redness and irritation
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
In most situations, a corneal abrasion will heal completely with the care of an eyecare provider. Few patients will experience a permanent effect to their vision. Deeper scratches that occur on the cornea can cause scarring and ulcers, which can cause blindness and permanent vision damage if untreated. This is why Dr. David Aizuss will advise patients who have the symptoms of a corneal abrasion to seek medical care as soon as possible to address the issue before it becomes severe.
How do I avoid getting exfoliating scrubs in my eyes?
There are several ways in which patients can protect their eyes from exfoliating scrubs if they choose to continue using them. Patients should:
- Wash hands prior to washing the face
- Pat the face dry, do not rub
- Rinse the eye with clean, col water if product gets into the eye
- Avoid rubbing the eye which can cause deeper corneal scratches
- Visit an eye doctor as soon as possible if symptoms persist
Learn more about how to care for your eyes
Dr. David Aizuss and his team of professionals offer patients comprehensive eye care solutions. Patients in the communities of Encino and West Hills, CA who are faced with a corneal abrasion from exfoliating scrubs are encouraged to contact our practice at (818) 346-8118 to get an examination and discuss treatment options.