You know what we don’t talk about enough? The fact your eyelids normally seem so weak, but when eye drops are involved, it’s suddenly near impossible to use your much stronger fingers to pry them open to pour in an unknown substance.
It turns out, that’s for good reason. If your eyelids just let any old thing in, you could end up with superglue in your eye, like this guy did.
A man picked up a tube, which looked dangerously similar to eye drops ,and the quick-drying glue quickly cemented his eyelids together and left him in agony.
The man ended up in a hospital in England in 2010 and the glue was removed using fine forceps with a slit lamp for magnification, according to The British Medical Journal, which published an anthology of horrific medical instances this week to ensure you never sleep again.
For what it’s worth, doctors said it would have been way worse if the man had not attempted to wash his eyes out with water immediately, so that’s good.
What’s even scarier is that this incident was common before superglue was repackaged to those handy little ophthalmic-style dropper bottles we’ve come to know.
They look identical! (Photo Credit: Now to Love)
“This case report highlights the continuing problem of cyanoacrylate eye injuries, and serves as a reminder to healthcare professionals to report such incidents to manufacturers and regulatory bodies, on behalf of their patients, to promote the introduction of universal safety mechanisms on all household chemical containers,” the report said.
The lesson here? It doesn’t matter how severe your hay fever allergies get, you should always check that you’re not about to accidentally glue your eyelids shut.
This post was written by Kate Wagner. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.