Those who have regrettably gotten sunscreen in their eyes are aware how much it can sting. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can be a while until the victim can open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

Needless to say getting sunscreen in your eyes is likely to ruin a day of fun in the sun . Though the discomfort will probably last for some time, it is important to treat it as soon as possible.

The best treatment is to flush out the eye under a tap of water for a while. This should rinse the sunblock out of the eye however it probably won’t ease the burning for a while. While it won’t help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Use of eye drops such as ClearEyes may be useful in cleaning out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.

After rinsing, vision will probably remain blurred for some time. If discomfort persists after a few hours call your eye doctor.

Preventative Tips

  1. Do not spray sunblock straight on the face. Always apply first to the hands and rub into the face.
  2. Don’t let little children put on sunblock alone.
  3. Keep lotion out of reach of children.
  4. Rub sunscreen in completely.
  5. Be very careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.
  6. Wear large sunglasses to guard the eyes and the areas around them from UV rays.