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Getting Sunblock Out of Your Eyes

Those who have regrettably gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware just how excruciating it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can take hours before the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.

There's no doubt rubbing sunscreen in your eyes can cause a quick stop to a day of fun in the sun very quickly. Although it is likely that stinging will remain for a while, you should try to tend to it as soon as possible.

The best treatment is to right away flush the eye out with a stream of water for a while. Doing so should get the sunscreen out of the eye yet it may not ease the stinging immediately. For discomfort, cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Use of eye drops such as Visine may help in flushing out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.

After flushing, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If pain persists after a few hours see your eye care professional.

Preventative Tips

  1. Never spray sunblock straight on the face.

  2. Don't let small children put on sunblock themselves.

  3. Keep lotion out of reach of children.

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

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

  6. Use sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from ultraviolet rays.

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