Don’t panic! You’ll be okay. But read this article now if you think there’s any chance at all that you might do this one day.
It’s understandable if it’s an accident. People have been known to mistake super glue for eye drops. It’s not understandable if someone intends harm. (Can you imagine? It too has been known to happen.) Super glue into the eye is a disaster regardless of intentions about how it got there.
Wash, patch, let it be
Before we talk about how it happens, know that there’s good news about super glue in the eye. First, wash with warm water and put a patch over the eye. One thing not to do is to pry the eyelids open if they’re glued closed, even partially, or stuck to the eyeball. A complete recovery is possible with no permanent effects, contrary to the reputation this unfortunate event carries. But only if you leave it alone rather than to pull the lid apart or pick the adhesive away.
See the doctor
Getting medical help as soon as you can is the next thing to do. Still, no need to panic. Follow the doctor’s instructions about follow-up care. Know that your eyelid will open on its own in one to four days. Any adhesive stuck to the eyeball will detach itself usually within a few hours. Use a warm, dilute solution of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) to wash the eye as this may help remove the adhesive faster.
A non-permanent bond on the body
Super glue is cyanoacrylate adhesive. You don’t need to be a chemist to recognize the dangerous part of this stuff: “Cyano” surely reminds me of cyanide, a lethal substance. But the lethal part goes only so far in the adhesive. While it binds to protein in the eyeball and the skin, natural cell replacement and moisture loosen the bond in time.
Acetone anywhere else
Acetone, or ordinary nail polish remover, will dissolve superglued fingers and skin. But you don’t want to be putting acetone in the eye. Once again, the wash, patch, leave-it-alone, and see-the-doctor regimen will do you best.
Think NOW, store separately
In the meantime, avoid the problem in the first place by keeping super glue stored far, far away from medicines. And don’t go looking for eye drops in the junk drawer!
This is one instance of an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure. Think of ways now to avoid grabbing the super glue when you’re fuzzy.