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If you have ever gotten sunblock 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 hours until the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.
There's no doubt getting sunblock in your eyes can ruin a day of fun in the sun in an instant. While the discomfort will likely last for a while, relief will come more quickly with proper attention.
The best way to treat the condition is to put the eye beneath a tap of water for some time. Doing so should rinse the sunscreen out of the eye but it probably won't eliminate the discomfort for a while. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in rinsing out the eye, but they will burn.
Even once the eyes are rinsed, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurry. If discomfort continues after a few hours contact your eye care professional.
Tips for Applying Sunblock Safely
- Do not spray sunscreen straight on the face.
- Don't let small children apply sunscreen alone.
- Keep lotion out of reach of children.
- Rub sunscreen in completely.
- Do not apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.
- Use sunglasses to guard the eyes and the areas around them from UV rays.