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Cat scratched the white part of eye next to cornea, flap of skin that irritate. On Omnipred drops. What is the flap?

My cat scratched the white part of my eye right next to the cornea 4 days ago... it s still a little bloodshot but has like a flap of skin or eye that just flaps when I blink ~ I have been putting Omnipred drops in it 4 times a day and I don t believe it s infected but that flap is irratating ~ will it eventually fall off or will I have to live with it forever ? Thanks, AAAAA
Asked On : Mon, 13 Aug 2012
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Thanks for your question.

Your cat has most likely scratched the conjunctiva causing a conjunctival abrasion. This layer of tissue covers the sclera (the tough white outer coating of the eye).

Omnipred is a steroid. It will not prevent infection. It is important that you see an eye doctor to rule out any deeper injury. The doctor may decide to stitch the conjunctiva back into place if it is a large defect. He/she is also likely to prescribe you an antibiotic ointment which will help prevent infection while the abrasion heals.

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