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If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunscreen and eyes, you know firsthand just how excruciating it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may say that it is a good alternative to carrying around mace or pepper spray. It can take a long time before the victim can open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.
Needless to say rubbing sunblock in your eyes is likely to ruin a day at the beach in an instant. While it is common that discomfort will last for a while, it is important to treat it as soon as possible.
The most effective treatment is to right away flush the eye out with a stream of water for a while. Doing so should get the sunblock out of the eye but 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 have a soothing effect. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in rinsing out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.
Remember, even though the summer is nearing its end, it is advised to wear sunblock throughout the year to protect yourself from the dangers of ultraviolet rays.
- Never spray sunblock directly on the face.
- Never allow small kids to put on lotion alone.
- Keep lotion out of reach of children.
- Be sure to rub sunscreen in completely.
- Do not apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.
- Use sunglasses to protect the eyes and the areas around them from UV rays.