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Getting Sunblock Out of Your Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunscreen in your eyes, you know firsthand just how excruciating it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can be a while before the victim can open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

Needless to say rubbing sunblock in your eyes can ruin a day by the pool very quickly. Though the discomfort will likely last for some time, relief will come sooner with the right care.

The most effective way to treat the condition is immediately flushing the eye out with a stream of water for a while. This should flush the lotion out of the eye however it probably won't relieve the irritation for a while. 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 help in rinsing out the eye, but they will cause burning.

Even after the eyes have been flushed, vision will probably remain blurred for a while. If discomfort continues after a significant amount of time call your eye doctor.

Preventative Tips

  1. Do not spray sunscreen directly on the face.

  2. Don't let little children apply sunblock alone.

  3. Never leave spray lotions in reach of children.

  4. Don't let small children rub in sunscreen. If they get sunscreen 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 sunglasses to guard the eyes and the surrounding areas from ultraviolet rays.