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What to Do if You Get Sunblock in Your Eyes


Individuals who have regrettably gotten sunscreen in their eyes know firsthand just how excruciating it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may say that it is a good alternative to carrying around mace or pepper spray. It can take hours before the victim can comfortably open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.


Needless to say rubbing sunscreen in your eyes can cause a quick stop to a day by the pool. Though it is common that effects will remain for some time, it is important to tend to it as soon as possible.


The best way to treat the condition is immediately flushing the eye out with a stream of water for a while. This should rinse the sunscreen out of the eye yet it probably won't ease the discomfort for a while. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Use of eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in cleaning out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.


Even once the eyes are rinsed, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If pain continues after a few hours contact your optometrist.


Preventative Tips


  1. Do not spray sunblock directly on the face.

  2. Never let little children put on lotion themselves.

  3. Never leave spray lotions in reach of children.

  4. Rub sunblock in completely.

  5. Be very careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes.

  6. Use sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from UV rays.