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Getting Sunscreen Out of Your Eyes

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunscreen and eyes, you 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 open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.

Needless to say getting sunblock in your eyes is likely to cause a quick stop to a day of fun in the sun very quickly. Though the discomfort will likely last for a while, relief will come more quickly with proper care.

The most effective treatment is to rinse the eye beneath running water for a while. This should rinse the sunscreen out of the eye yet it probably won't eliminate the burning for a while. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Use of eye drops such as ClearEyes may be useful in rinsing out the eye, but they will cause burning.

Even after the eyes are rinsed, vision will probably remain blurred for a while. If pain continues after a significant amount of time call your optometrist.

Preventative Tips

  1. Never spray sunscreen straight on the face. Apply to the hands and rub into the face.

  2. Don't let small children apply lotion themselves.

  3. Keep lotion out of reach of children.

  4. Rub sunscreen in completely.

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

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