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Sunblock in the Eyes- OUCH!

Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes 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 comfortably open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

Needless to say getting sunblock in your eyes can ruin a day at the beach instantly. Although the discomfort will likely remain for a while, it is important to treat it as soon as possible.

The best treatment is to rinse the eye beneath running water for a while. Doing so will get the lotion out of the eye however it may not ease the burning for a while. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may cause some relief. Using eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in rinsing out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.

Don't forget, even though the summer is nearing its end, it is very important to use sunscreen throughout the year to guard your skin from dangerous UV light.

Tips for Applying Sunblock Safely

  1. Do not spray sunscreen directly on the face.

  2. Never let small children apply sunblock on their own.

  3. Keep lotion out of reach of children.

  4. Be sure to rub sunscreen in completely.

  5. Do not apply sunblock too close to the eyes.

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