Conjunctival Laceration

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  • Rule out open globe injury
    • Mechanism of injury?
    • Seidel test?
    • Consider fundus examination in mydriasis, especially if intraocular foreign body is suspected
      • Ultrasound (not if open globe is suspected!) or high-resolution CT of the orbit for detailed assessment.


  • Floxal eye drops 3-4 times a day until healed
  • < 1 cm, no gaping edges, without involvement of the limbus:
    • Allow spontaneous healing
  • > 1 cm, gaping, or involving the limbus:
    • Suture with Vicryl 8-0 thread


  • The Wills Eye Manual: Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Disease; Nika Bagheri MD, Brynn Wajda MD, et al; Lippincott Williams&Wilkins; 7th Edition (2016)
  • Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach; Jack J. Kanski MD, Brad Bowling MD; Saunders Ltd.; 8th Edition (2015)