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There are a variety of causes of corneal abrasions. These include:

  • Something hitting or blowing into the eye, such as plant matter, sawdust, or ash;
  • Foreign matter, such as dust, dirt or sand, getting stuck under your eyelid;
  • Sports injuries;
  • Improperly fitted or maintained contact lenses;
  • Something poking you in the eye;
  • Rubbing your eyes vigorously, especially if you feel something is caught in your eye;
  • Certain eye conditions, including trachoma, a bacterial infection;
  • Undergoing surgery under general anesthesia.

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