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What to Do if You Get Sunblock in Your Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunblock in your eyes, you are aware how excruciating it can be. A real good spray in the eye can sometimes result in stinging that lasts for hours. It can be a while before the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

Needless to say rubbing sunscreen in your eyes is likely to cause a quick stop to a day by the pool. Though the discomfort will likely last for some time, relief will come sooner with immediate attention.

The most effective way to treat the condition is to put the eye beneath running water for a while. Doing so will rinse the lotion out of the eye yet it probably won’t eliminate the burning at once. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Applying eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in flushing out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.

Even after the eyes have been flushed, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If discomfort persists into the next day see your optometrist.

Preventative Tips

  1. Never spray sunblock straight on the face.
  2. Never let little children apply sunblock on their own.
  3. Keep lotion out of reach of children.
  4. Rub sunscreen in completely.
  5. Be very careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.
  6. Use large sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from ultraviolet rays.

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