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Sunblock and your Eyes

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunscreen and eyes, you know firsthand how much it can sting. 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 comfortably open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

There's no doubt getting sunscreen in your eyes is likely to cause a quick stop to a day by the pool. Although it is likely that effects will last for a while, relief will come more quickly with proper attention.

The best treatment is to immediately flush the eye out with running water for some time. Doing so should flush the sunblock out of the eye but it probably won't ease the irritation at once. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Use of eye drops such as ClearEyes may help in flushing out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.

Don't forget, although the summer is almost over, it is very important to apply sunscreen throughout the year to protect yourself from dangerous ultraviolet light.

Preventative Tips

  1. Never spray sunscreen directly on the face. Always apply to the hands and rub into the face.

  2. Never let little children apply lotion on their own.

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

  4. Rub sunblock in completely.

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

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