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Getting Sunscreen Out of Your Eyes

Individuals who have regrettably gotten sunblock in their eyes know firsthand just how painful it can be. A real strong spray in the eye can sometimes result in stinging that lasts for hours. It can take a long time before the victim can open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.

Needless to say getting sunscreen in your eyes is likely to ruin a day at the beach. Although the discomfort will likely remain for some time, it is important to tend to it as soon as possible.

The most effective way to treat the condition is to flush out the eye under running water for some time. This should flush the sunblock out of the eye but it probably won't reduce the irritation at once. For discomfort, cool, wet compresses to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may help in rinsing out the eye, but they will burn.

After flushing, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If discomfort continues after a significant amount of time contact your optometrist.

Preventative Tips

  1. Do not spray sunblock directly on the face.

  2. Never let small children apply sunscreen on their own.

  3. Never leave sunscreen where children can reach it .

  4. Never let small children rub in sunscreen. If they have sunblock on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.

  5. Do not apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.

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