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Sunblock and your Eyes


Those who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes know firsthand just 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 a long time before the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.


Needless to say rubbing sunscreen in your eyes can cause a quick stop to a day by the pool. Although the discomfort will probably last for some time, relief will come more quickly with the right care.


The most effective way to treat the condition is to rinse the eye beneath running water for a while. This should flush the sunscreen out of the eye but it may not reduce the burning for a while. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Eye drops such as Visine may be useful in flushing out the eye, but they will cause burning.


Remember, even though the summer is almost over, it is advised to wear sunscreen all year round to defend yourself from the dangers of UV light.


Tips for Applying Sunblock Safely


  1. Never spray sunscreen directly on the face.

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

  3. Don't leave sunscreen in reach of small children.

  4. Never let small children rub in sunscreen. If they have it 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 large sunglasses to guard the eyes and the surrounding areas from UV rays.

SOUTH COAST OPTOMETRY UPDATE – JULY 1, 2020

COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose
                                           Nausea
                                           Diarrhea

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Fever/chills
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Fatigue
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website,
www.SouthCoastOptometry.com. Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!

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Until further notice, we are only seeing essential care patients. Our hours are:
Monday: 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We now offer TeleHealth consultations, Call (714) 540-2020 to schedule a time
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