An unlucky woman who glued her eye shut after her friend mistook glue for eye drops is finally getting the medical treatment she needs.
Katherine Gaydos of Lantana, Florida, got a piece of debris in her eye while blowing leaves last week, local news station WPBF reported Wednesday. She called to a friend for help, but instead of coming back with eye drops, the friend returned with a small bottle of fingernail glue -- a product that can be used to apply artificial nails or tips.
"As soon as I felt it in my eye, I felt it burn, and I closed my eye and screamed 'Call 911,'" she told WPBF-TV.
But when Gaydos first spoke with the station, eight days after the accident, her eye was still stuck shut. She told the outlet that a doctor had given her antibiotics and an ointment, but wouldn’t treat her any further because she didn’t have the money to pay him.
After her story made the news, however, Gaydos told WBPF that the doctor’s office called her and told her to come back in. Then, a different doctor got her eye open and made a future appointment to scrape the remaining glue off her cornea. She expects to have no permanent damage.
The Palm Beach Eye Center in Lake Worth, where WPBF noted Gaydos had received treatment, told The Huffington Post they were unable to comment on a patient without a medical release.
Eyes getting glued shut doesn’t appear to be as uncommon as one would hope. Dr. Pankaj Gupta, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, told ABC News he’s seen multiple cases of this happening.
If you do accidentally wind up sealing your eyelid with glue, Gupta said, “don’t panic.” People in this situation should immediately go see an eye doctor, he said, but shouldn’t be too concerned about losing their sight permanently.
To that advice, we’d only add: Stop keeping the glue near your eye drops!
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