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How to Get Sunscreen Out of Eyes

Those who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes know firsthand how much it can sting. 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 hours before the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

Needless to say getting sunblock in your eyes is likely to ruin a day by the pool very quickly. Though the discomfort will probably last for a while, you should try to treat it as soon as possible.

The most effective treatment is to immediately flush the eye out with running water for some time. This will get the lotion out of the eye however it probably won't eliminate the irritation for a while. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as Visine may be useful in rinsing out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.

After rinsing, vision will probably remain blurry for a while. If pain continues after a significant amount of time see your eye care professional.

Preventative Tips

  1. Do not spray sunblock directly on the face. Always apply to the hands and rub into the face.

  2. Never allow small children to apply lotion alone.

  3. Keep lotion out of 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 sunblock too close to the eyes.

  6. Use sunglasses to guard the eyes and the surrounding areas from UV rays.