Super Glue Eyelid

This little girl accidentally got Super Glue onto her eyelid. She came to the doctor without pain and she was able to move the eyeball under the lid but could not open it.

Her doctor in Decatur, Ala gently irrigated the eye area with normal saline and applied antibiotic ointment and a gauze patch over the eye area but the lid remained stuck together. The next day he was able to gently pull the lid open.

If you should ever glue parts of your body together with Super Glue (cyanoacrylate), the treatment is easy. Acetone, the ingredient found in nail polish remover will dissolve Super Glue. A Q-tip with acetone, gently applied to the area, will dissolve the bond without damaging the skin. Don't pull the skin apart, but gently roll or peel it.

If Super Glue gets in the eyeball, the eye protein will disassociate from it over time. A warm sodium bicarbonate solution eyewash will help remove the adhesive.

Photo/story credit: Consultant


AEDs said…
This is really strange that people do have such problems too. How could they manage? AED Pads
Anonymous said…
How do they manage to get such things in their eyes? Kids rub their eyes often, thereby introducing dirt, germs, and anything else they have been handling, even super glue. Thanks Dr. Brayer for tips on removal.
KM said…
I have a 3 year old nephew that this info. would be great for. Thanks for posting this unusual great info.
ERP said…
Mineral oil also works
Just to be absolutely clear, do NOT use acetone in the eye! Acetone is safe on unbroken skin, but will cause corneal (eye) damage. (I realize Dr B wasn't suggesting otherwise, just wanted to emphasize the point.)
Toni Brayer MD said…
Dr. Steven: You are correct. Thank you for pointing that out.

ERP: Yes it does but it might take a day or two.
sildenafil said…
Wow so she didn't burn out the eye with the glue ? amazing.. well sometimes something just happends and nothing happends.
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Janardhan Reddy said…

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