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Woman glues eye shut after mistaking superglue for eyedrops

Posted by on May. 24, 2012 at 7:32 AM
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Woman glues eye shut after mistaking superglue for eyedrops

Posted: Oct 05, 2010 8:40 AM EDT

A Phoenix woman had to be rushed to a hospital after mistaking superglue for eyedrops, myFOXphoenix.com reported Monday.

Irmgard Holm, who had cataract surgery last year, reached for what she thought was one of her six eyedrop medications and instead picked up superglue and applied it to her eye.

"The bottles are identical and I am not young anymore, but I am not senile," Holm said.

She tried washing the adhesive out but the quick-drying glue sealed her eye shut.

Paramedics and hospital staff saved her sight by cutting off the glue and washing the eye.

It's not the first time a person has mistaken superglue for eyedrops with similar cases found by myFOXphoenix.com dating back to 1982.

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 the shape and size of their bottles.

Read more: http://www.myfoxphoenix.com

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by on May. 24, 2012 at 7:32 AM
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MamaDee83
by on May. 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I don't understand how people supposedly do this.... My eye drops and my super glue 1.) look nothing alike and 2.) are kept in different areas of the house! I would never go to the drawer in the kitchen to get eye drops, and I would never go to the bathroom cabinet for super glue. Maybe these poor people who end up gluing their eyes shut (which, btw, sounds absolutely horrendous!) just need better organization?

cookie_spice
by on May. 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM

why would you store them two together

whatmynameagain
by Member on May. 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM
Glasses.
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maciymommieof3
by Angie on May. 27, 2012 at 8:32 PM

 eeeeeeewwwwwwwwww

maciymommieof3
by Angie on May. 27, 2012 at 8:32 PM

 grrrrrroooooooooossssssssssssss

Barabell
by on May. 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM


Quoting cookie_spice:

why would you store them two together

I was wondering the same thing.

iCeezy
by on May. 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM
Eye reckon.
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proudmommy690
by Bronze Member on May. 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM
that poor lady :/ hopefully she wont keep them together any more.

but why should the superglue manufactures have to change their shapes/sizes? it could be either, or neither. lol
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JamesMom714
by Member on May. 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM
Ouch!
I don't know why you would store those items together either...
That's a mistake you won't make twice!
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xo.MommyW.xo
by on May. 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM
Dumb ass
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