Woman Mistakes Superglue for Eyedrops

It's a classic but tragic mistake. Irmgard Holm of Phoenix, Arizona has several eye drop medications because of cataract surgery, but what she grabbed was a bottle of superglue.
"The bottles are identical and I am not young anymore, but I am not senile," says Holm.

She tried washing the adhesive out, but the quick-drying glue did its job and sealed her eye shut. Paramedics and hospital staff had to get it open and wash out her eye before major damage was done.

"They had to cut off the glue substance and it was all hard and in the eye, and I couldn't even see."

Her case is not as rare as one would hope.
The Food  and Drug Administration will interview Holm later this week, and she hopes her case and the others will put pressure on glue makers to change their bottles' shape and size.

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Our medications must be kept well and other stuffs should not be place on one shelf at the same time. Specially when there's children around the house..our eyes is just one of the most sensitive part of our body that needs extra caring.
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As an ophthalmology resident, I saw ER patients with superglue in the eyes a few times a year. The likelihood is a full visual recovery within a few days.
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"Superglue" is most definitely NOT a medical item. Yea, it can be used to seal a laceration but here's the thing: Not all superglues are appropriate for medical use (some can contain irritants and other harmful chemicals) but best of all is that adhesives (similar to certain superglue brands) are sold specifically to be used for medical purposes. So that's what you should put in your medicinal cabinet. Krazy Glue and all that other stuff with the rest of your tools, SurgiSeal inside your first-aid kit.

But even if you're using Krazy Glue to seal a wound, keep it next to your tools. You're right in that it's foolish that it would be somewhere where it can be mistaken for eye medication.
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