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Home » What's New » Sunscreen in the Eyes- OUCH!

Sunscreen in the Eyes- OUCH!

Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware how excruciating it can be. A very good rub in the eye can sometimes cause burning that lasts for hours. It can take a long time before the victim can open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

There's no doubt getting sunblock in your eyes can cause a quick stop to a day by the pool. Though the discomfort will probably remain for a while, relief will come more quickly with the right attention.

The best way to treat the condition is to put the eye beneath running water for a while. Doing so will rinse the sunscreen out of the eye however it probably won't ease the discomfort at once. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in cleaning out the eye, but they will burn.

Even once the eyes have been flushed, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If discomfort continues after a significant amount of time call your optometrist.

Tips for Sunblock Safety

  1. Do not spray sunscreen directly on the face.
  2. Never permit little kids to put on lotion on their own.
  3. Don't leave sunblock where children can reach it .
  4. Rub sunblock in completely.
  5. Do not apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.
  6. Use large sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from ultraviolet rays.