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Sunscreen in the Eyes- OUCH!

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunblock and eyes, you know firsthand just how much it can sting. A very good spray in the eye can sometimes result in burning that lasts for hours. It can be a while before the victim can comfortably open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

Needless to say rubbing sunscreen in your eyes is likely to ruin a day of fun in the sun very quickly. Though the discomfort will likely remain for a while, you should try to tend to it as soon as possible.

The best way to treat the condition is to immediately flush the eye out with a stream of water for a while. Doing so will get the sunscreen out of the eye however it may not reduce the discomfort immediately. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Use of eye drops such as Visine may assist in cleaning out the eye, but they will cause burning.

Even after the eyes are rinsed, vision will probably remain blurred for some time. If discomfort persists into the next day contact your optometrist.


  1. Never spray sunblock directly on the face.

  2. Never let small children apply sunblock alone.

  3. Keep lotion out of reach of children.

  4. Be sure to rub sunscreen in completely.

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

  6. Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes and the areas around them from UV rays.