Those who have regrettably gotten sunblock in their eyes know firsthand just how painful it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can be a while before the victim can open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.
Needless to say rubbing sunblock in your eyes can cause a quick stop to a day by the pool instantly. Though the discomfort will probably last for a while, relief will come sooner with immediate attention.
The most effective way to treat the condition is to flush out the eye under running water for a while. Doing so should rinse the lotion out of the eye but it may not ease the burning at once. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Applying eye drops such as ClearEyes may help in cleaning out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.
Even after the eyes have been flushed, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If pain persists after a significant amount of time see your eye care professional.
- Never spray sunblock directly on the face.
- Never let small children put on sunblock on their own.
- Don't leave spray lotions in reach of small children and use the lock mechanism when not in use.
- Be sure to rub sunscreen in completely.
- Be very careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.
- Wear sunglasses to guard the eyes and the areas around them from ultraviolet rays.