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Getting Sunblock Out of Your Eyes

Those who have regrettably gotten sunscreen in their eyes know firsthand just how much it can sting. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can be a while before the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

There's no doubt rubbing sunblock in your eyes is likely to cause a quick stop to a day of fun in the sun in an instant. While the discomfort will likely last for some time, relief will come more quickly with the right care.

The best treatment is to put the eye beneath a tap of water for some time. Doing so should flush the sunblock out of the eye however it probably won't relieve the irritation for a while. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may help in rinsing out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.

Even once the eyes have been rinsed, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If pain continues into the next day see your optometrist.

Preventative Tips

  1. Do not spray sunscreen directly on the face.

  2. Never permit little children to put on lotion alone.

  3. Keep lotion out of reach of children.

  4. Be sure to rub sunscreen in completely.

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

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

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