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Sunscreen and your Eyes

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunblock and eyes, you are aware just how much it can hurt. 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 feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

There's no doubt rubbing sunscreen in your eyes is likely to ruin a day by the pool instantly. Though it is likely that effects will last for some time, it is important to tend to it as soon as possible.

The most effective way to treat the condition is to rinse the eye under running water for a while. This should flush the sunscreen out of the eye yet it probably won't relieve the discomfort for a while. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Using eye drops such as ClearEyes may be useful in cleaning out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.

After rinsing, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If pain continues into the next day see your eye care professional.

Preventative Tips

  1. Never spray sunblock directly on the face.

  2. Don't let little children put on sunscreen themselves.

  3. Don't leave sunblock where children can reach it .

  4. Be sure to rub sunscreen in completely.

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

  6. Wear sunglasses to guard the eyes and the areas around them from UV rays.