I'm sure you are likely okay now. These drops just enlarge the pupil by relaxing the muscles that control the pupil so your pupil doesnt react to light. It wont hurt anything-it will just be a nuisance. Wear sunglasses if you need to to avoid bright light which can be painful. It may take 24-48 hours for it to go away altogether but it will. From now on-always always read the labels. It is the first lesson we nurse learn when we learn to give medications: Right Drug? Right dose? Right time? right route? and right patient! All should be confirmed for sure before giving the drug. I once had a patient put mint mouth freshener drops in her eyes thinking they were her eye drops. Ouch! You know that hurt! I also had a patient who almost lost her eye/vision because she grabbed super glue thinking they were her tube of night time lubricant. They were both in similar sized tubes and she had both on her nightstand.
She came very close to losing that eye but they managed to surgically remove all the glue but it was a hard road to recovery and it did affect her sight. Her vision was never quite the same. Last I had heard, they were thinking of a corneal transplant for her. So, in your case, you were lucky-it could have been much worse so always always be sure. Turn on the light, put on glasses (if needed) and read the label before using!!
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