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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.