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Sunblock in the Eyes- OUCH!

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunscreen and eyes, you know firsthand how excruciating it can be. A real good spray in the eye can even cause stinging that lasts for hours. It can take a long time 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 by the pool. While it is likely that effects will last for a while, relief will come more quickly with immediate care.

The best way to treat the condition is to put the eye under a stream of water for a while. This should rinse the sunblock out of the eye however it may not relieve the irritation at once. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may help in rinsing out the eye, but they will cause burning.

Don't forget, although the summer is coming to an end, it is recommended to wear sunblock all year round to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Tips for Sunblock Safety

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

  2. Never permit little children to put on sunblock themselves.

  3. Never leave spray lotions in 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.