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Sunblock in the Eyes- OUCH!


Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes know firsthand just how painful 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 feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.


There's no doubt getting sunblock in your eyes is likely to ruin a day of fun in the sun very quickly. While it is likely that discomfort will last for a while, relief will come sooner with the right care.


The best treatment is to immediately flush the eye out with running water for a while. This should flush the sunscreen out of the eye but it probably won't ease the stinging at once. For discomfort, cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may be useful in flushing out the eye, but they will burn.


Remember, even though the summer is coming to an end, it is very important to use sunscreen throughout the year to guard yourself from dangerous ultraviolet rays.


Prevention


  1. Do not spray sunscreen straight on the face. Always apply to the hands and rub into the face.

  2. Never permit little children to put on lotion alone.

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

  4. Be sure to rub sunblock in completely.

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

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