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Sunblock and your Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunscreen in your eyes, you know firsthand 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 a long time before the victim can comfortably open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

There's no doubt getting sunblock in your eyes can ruin a day by the pool. While the discomfort will likely remain for a while, it is important to treat it as soon as possible.

The most effective treatment is to immediately flush the eye out with running water for a while. Doing so will get the lotion out of the eye but it may not eliminate the discomfort at once. For discomfort, cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may help in rinsing out the eye, but they will cause burning.

Don't forget, although the summer is nearing its end, it is very important to wear sunscreen throughout the year to guard yourself from dangerous UV rays.

Preventative Tips

  1. Do not spray sunblock straight on the face. Always apply first to the hands and rub into the face.

  2. Don't allow small kids to put on lotion on their own.

  3. Never leave spray lotions where children can reach it .

  4. Rub sunblock in completely.

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

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