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Sunblock and your Eyes

Those who have regrettably gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware just how much it can hurt. 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 be a while before the victim can open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.

Needless to say rubbing sunscreen in your eyes is likely to ruin a day of fun in the sun in an instant. Although the discomfort will probably remain for a while, relief will come more quickly with proper attention.

The most effective way to treat the condition is immediately flushing the eye out with running water for a while. Doing so will get the sunscreen out of the eye yet it may not relieve the discomfort immediately. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as Visine may assist in rinsing out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.

After flushing, vision will probably remain blurry for some time. If pain continues into the next day call your eye doctor.

Tips for Applying Sunblock Safely

  1. Never spray sunblock directly on the face.

  2. Never permit little children to apply sunscreen alone.

  3. Never leave spray lotions in reach of small children.

  4. Rub sunscreen in completely.

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

  6. Wear sunglasses to guard the eyes and the areas around them from ultraviolet rays.