Arizona Woman Stored Superglue Next to Eye Drops. Guess What Happened Next

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My Fox Phoenix aired a story last night that needs some attention.

If you've never asked the question "why do they put superglue and eye drops in nearly identical bottles?" you should have -- it's stupid, and can have painful results if a mix up happens.

People who use eye drops often have vision problems, so it makes precisely no sense to put the liquid in bottles that could easily be mistaken for something that's gonna glue your eyes shut.

Irmgard Holm made that mistake and did exactly that.

Check out the My Fox Phoenix segment after the jump.



After gluing her left eye shut, Holm went to a hospital where doctors were able to wash out the glue before any damage was done.

Apparently the mix up happens a lot. Fox claims to have found "many cases of superglue ocular injuries, dating back all the way to 1982."

Holm will be interviewed later this week by the Food and Drug Administration. She hopes her mistake will pressure eye drop companies to change the design of their bottles.

We sympathize with Holm -- super gluing an eye sounds about as fun as being waterboarded. But as stupid as companies that make eye drops may be for putting their product in bottles that look a lot like super glue, storing your superglue and your eye drops anywhere near each other probably isn't the best move.

Let's just hope Holm doesn't store her aspirin next to her rat poison. 

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elo.hakobov
elo.hakobov

I was searching to see the dangers if I accidentally did the same, and the dangers. so i came across this page. i always carry super glue in my purse cause of my acrylic nails and i carry around my eye drop as well. So it is likely that at some point i might be too tired at late night when I try to find my eye drop from my purse n i triple check its not the glue. and honestly it scares me to think that i could have mixed the two. they totally should make the eye drop containers in a hard n poky material. i thought of bright color but that being near the eye might not be a good idea.

LASEK laser eye surgery
LASEK laser eye surgery

LASIK laser eye surgery sort out the eye problems  even doctors are recommending it  even extreme vision problems recovers very fast.

Dave
Dave

Why would you STORE them in the same place?! It's not on the manufacturer, it's on HER.

Chris
Chris

Look, this women is obviously just looking for an excuse to sue and make some money. She is part of the problem with this country. If she does not file a lawsuit that I will stand corrected. My guess is she did it two herself on purpose. The idea that super glue containers have to change is just ludicrous. KY jelly both come in a tube, should we outlaw that so some idiot brushes their teeth or does something worse with their toothpaste?

Motor 2
Motor 2

#1 - don't store your medications in the same cabinet as other items. Better yet, put the "super glue" in a drawer with all your other "fix-it" stuff at home. As for changing the bottle design, make the Super Glue mfg. use tubes and leave the eye drop bottle alone, it was around long before SG. Don't eliminate super glue though, irate wives and girlfriends would have no way of getting back at their "a**hole" mates for cheating. Do realize the pain of having your penis superglued to your body and having it surgically unglued ! Same applies for those of you in a same sex relationship, but more painful for a woman. Just a thought

desertflower
desertflower

Robert......what assinine statements. Watch out for Karma.

ROBERT
ROBERT

WHAT A STUPID IDIOT. SHE DESERVES TO LOSE HER SIGHT. SOMEONE THAT STUPID SHOULD'NT BE ALLOWED TO SEE.

CommonSense7842
CommonSense7842

Seriously...who's stupid enough to store these two COMPLETELY DIFFERENT items next to each other? My OJ comes in a gallon container...so does my washer fluid. Doesn't mean I put the two next to each other. Sigh...

ConsumerDriven
ConsumerDriven

Robert you're a jack*ss. I hope this happens to your mother.

Nweng
Nweng

She should have seen that coming.

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