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Sunscreen in the Eyes- OUCH!

If you have ever gotten sunscreen in your eyes, you are aware just how painful it can be. A very good rub in the eye can often result in burning that lasts for hours. It can take hours until the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.

Needless to say rubbing sunblock in your eyes can cause a quick stop to a day at the beach in an instant. Although it is common that effects will last for some time, relief will come more quickly with the right attention.

The most effective treatment is to rinse the eye under a stream of water for some time. This will rinse the lotion out of the eye however it may not ease the burning at once. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in cleaning out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.

Don't forget, although the summer is nearing its end, it is advised to wear sunscreen throughout the year to guard your skin from harmful ultraviolet light.

Preventative Tips

  1. Never spray sunblock straight on the face. Apply to the hands and rub into the face.

  2. Never permit small kids to put on lotion themselves.

  3. Don't leave sunblock in reach of children.

  4. Never let small children rub in sunscreen. If they have sunblock on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.

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

  6. Use large sunglasses to guard the eyes and the areas around them from ultraviolet rays.