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Sunscreen in the Eyes- OUCH!


If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunscreen and eyes, you are aware just 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 comfortably open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.


Needless to say getting sunscreen in your eyes is likely to cause a quick stop to a day at the beach. While it is common that discomfort will last for some time, relief will come sooner with the right care.


The most effective way to treat the condition is to rinse the eye under running water for a while. This should flush the sunscreen out of the eye however it probably won't ease the discomfort at once. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Using eye drops such as ClearEyes may be useful in cleaning out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.


Remember, even though the summer is nearing its end, it is recommended to wear sunblock throughout the year to guard your skin from harmful UV rays.


Preventative Tips


  1. Never spray sunblock straight on the face. Apply first to the hands and rub into the face.

  2. Don't permit small kids to apply sunblock alone.

  3. Never leave spray lotions in reach of small children and use the lock mechanism when not in use.

  4. Be sure to rub sunscreen in completely.

  5. Do not apply sunblock too close to the eyes.

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

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