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Those who have unfortunately gotten sunscreen in their eyes know firsthand just how much it can sting. A real good rub in the eye can sometimes cause stinging that lasts for hours. It can be a while before the victim can comfortably open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.
There's no doubt getting sunblock in your eyes is likely to cause a quick stop to a day by the pool very quickly. While it is likely that discomfort will last for some time, you should try to tend to it as soon as possible.
The most effective treatment is to put the eye under running water for a while. Doing so should get the lotion out of the eye however it probably won't reduce the stinging 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 help in cleaning out the eye, but they will burn.
Don't forget, although the summer is almost over, it is advised to apply sunscreen all year round to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Tips for Sunblock Safety
- Never spray sunblock straight on the face.
- Don't allow little children to apply sunblock alone.
- Keep lotion out of reach of children.
- Never let small children rub in sunscreen. If they have sunblock on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.
- Be very careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.
- Wear sunglasses to guard the eyes and the areas around them from UV rays.