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What to Do if You Get Sunblock in Your Eyes

Beach Sunglasses, Eye CareThose who have regrettably gotten sunscreen in their eyes know firsthand how much it can hurt. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can take hours until the victim can comfortably open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.

Needless to say rubbing sunblock in your eyes is likely to ruin a day of fun in the sun very quickly. Though it is common that discomfort will remain for some time, you should try to tend to it as soon as possible.

The best way to treat the condition is to rinse the eye beneath a tap of water for some time. This will rinse the lotion out of the eye but it probably won’t relieve the stinging at once. For discomfort, cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may help in rinsing out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.

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

Prevention

  1. Do not spray sunblock straight on the face.
  2. Never permit little kids to put on sunscreen alone.
  3. Keep lotion out of reach of children.
  4. Never let small children rub in sunscreen. If they have sunscreen on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.
  5. Do not apply sunblock too close to the eyes.
  6. Use sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from UV rays.

 

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