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Sunblock and your Eyes

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunblock and eyes, you are aware how painful it can be. A real good spray in the eye can sometimes result in burning that lasts for hours. It can take hours before the victim can open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.

Needless to say rubbing sunscreen in your eyes is likely to cause a quick stop to a day by the pool instantly. Although it is likely that effects will last for a while, it is important to tend to it as soon as possible.

The best treatment is to rinse the eye under running water for a while. Doing so should rinse the sunscreen out of the eye yet it may not reduce the stinging at once. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Applying eye drops such as ClearEyes may be useful in rinsing out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.

Don't forget, although the summer is nearing its end, it is advised to apply sunblock all year round to guard yourself from the dangers of UV light.

Tips for Sunblock Safety

  1. Never spray sunscreen straight on the face.

  2. Don't let little children apply sunblock on their own.

  3. Don't leave sunblock in reach of small children and use the lock mechanism when not in use.

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

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

  6. Use large sunglasses to guard the eyes and the areas around them from ultraviolet rays.

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