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Int J Ophthalmol. 2012;5(5):634-7. doi: 10.3980/j.issn.2222-3959.2012.05.18. Epub 2012 Oct 18.

Superglue injuries of the eye.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia.

Abstract

AIM:

To report various ocular lesions caused by accidental instillation of superglue.

METHODS:

Three cases of ocular injuries are described in children aged 6 years, 3 years and 8 months, following accidental instillation of superglue in the eye.

RESULTS:

In the first case there was sticking of eyelashes in the medial 1/3 of eyelids in both eyes. In the second case sticking of eye lashes was present in the lateral 1/3 of eyelids in the left eye. In the third case, superglue was present on the right cheek, above the right ear and sticking of eyelids in medial 1/3 in right eye. The eyelids were separated by pulling the lid margins with fingers in the first case and later on superglue was removed by trimming the eyelashes; and by direct trimming the eyelashes in second and third cases. There was no injury to other structures of anterior segment in the first two cases. However, removal of the superglue on the cornea resulted in corneal abrasion in the third case which healed with medical treatment and patching of the right eye.

CONCLUSION:

Accidental instillation of superglue is possible because of the appearance of the tube like eye ointment tube. Immediate medical aid will prevent ocular morbidity.

KEYWORDS:

corneal abrasion; ocular injuries; sticking of eyelids; superglue

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