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Sunblock and your Eyes

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunscreen and eyes, you know firsthand how excruciating it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may say that it is a good alternative to carrying around mace or pepper spray. It can take a long time until the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.

There's no doubt rubbing sunscreen in your eyes is likely to cause a quick stop to a day at the beach in an instant. Though the discomfort will probably remain for a while, relief will come sooner with proper attention.

The most effective treatment is to right away flush the eye out with running water for a while. Doing so should get the sunblock out of the eye yet it probably won't eliminate the stinging immediately. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may cause some relief. Applying eye drops such as Visine may help in flushing out the eye, but they will cause burning.

Even once the eyes have been flushed, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If pain persists into the next day see your optometrist.

Preventative Tips

  1. Never spray sunscreen straight on the face.

  2. Don't let little children put on sunblock on their own.

  3. Keep lotion out of reach of children.

  4. Be sure to rub sunscreen in completely.

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

  6. Use large sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from ultraviolet rays.

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