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What to Do if You Get Sunblock in Your Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunblock in your eyes, you know firsthand just how painful 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 comfortably 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 in an instant. While it is common that discomfort will last for some time, you should try to treat it as soon as possible.

The best treatment is to put the eye under running water for a while. This should flush the lotion out of the eye yet it probably won't reduce the stinging immediately. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as Visine may assist in flushing out the eye, but they will cause burning.

Remember, even though the summer is nearing its end, it is very important to apply sunscreen throughout the year to defend yourself from harmful ultraviolet light.

Tips for Sunblock Safety

  1. Never spray sunscreen directly on the face.

  2. Never permit little children to put on sunscreen on their own.

  3. Don't leave spray lotions in reach of small children.

  4. Be sure to rub sunblock in completely.

  5. Do not apply sunblock too close to the eyes.

  6. Wear large sunglasses to guard the eyes and the surrounding areas from UV rays.