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Sunblock and your Eyes

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunscreen and eyes, you know firsthand 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 be a while before the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

Needless to say getting sunscreen in your eyes can ruin a day at the beach. While the discomfort will likely remain for a while, you should try to tend to it as soon as possible.

The most effective way to treat the condition is to right away flush the eye out with running water for a while. Doing so will rinse the lotion out of the eye however it may not eliminate the burning immediately. For discomfort, cool, wet compresses to the eyes may cause some relief. Use of eye drops such as Visine may be useful in rinsing out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.

Remember, although the summer is coming to an end, it is very important to apply sunscreen all year round to protect your skin from the dangers of UV rays.

Tips for Sunblock Safety

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

  2. Never permit small children to apply sunblock themselves.

  3. Don't leave sunscreen where children can reach it and use the lock mechanism when not in use.

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

  5. Be very careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes.

  6. Wear large sunglasses to protect the eyes and the areas around them from UV rays.