Katherine Gaydos, a single mum-of-two from Florida, was outside when a man with a leaf blower blew debris into her eye.
She called for him to run inside and grab her eye drops from her handbag, but he accidentally grabbed a tube of strong glue used for false nails.
He then squeezed the strong adhesive directly into her eye.
‘Something blew into my eye and I screamed for someone else to get eye drops out of my purse and they brought Super Glue,’ she told local TV station WPBF.
‘As soon as I felt it in my eye I felt it burn and I closed my eye and screamed ‘Call 911′.’
At first, the single mum-of-two was turned away from her doctor’s office because she didn’t have insurance and she wasn’t able to pay.
She ended up living with her eye sealed shut for nine days.
However, after her story was broadcast on TV the surgery called her back in and a different doctor pried her eye open. They then asked her to go back in to get the glue scraped off her cornea.
‘He said I should get my sight back, and not have permanent damage,’ she said.
Gaydos’ story isn’t as rare as many would think, as experts said that people mistake super glue for eye drops far too often for comfort.
Dr. Pankaj Gupta of Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, said that he had already handled multiple cases of people accidentally gluing their eyes closed.
When this does happen, Gupta advised patients to keep calm and immediately see an ophthalmologist.
“The first thing I think everyone needs to know is don’t panic,” Gupta said, as the eye cells will eventually loosen the super glue and slough off. Vision is also expected to return to normal after some time.
More helpful advice include reading the label of eye drops before applying them and keeping super glue in a safe place far from eye drops and other medical items.