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Getting Sunblock Out of Your Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunblock in your eyes, you are aware just how painful it can be. A very good rub in the eye can sometimes result in stinging that lasts for hours. It can take hours until the victim can comfortably open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.

There's no doubt rubbing sunscreen in your eyes is likely to ruin a day by the pool in an instant. Although the discomfort will probably last for a while, relief will come sooner with the right attention.

The best treatment is to right away flush the eye out with running water for a while. Doing so should rinse the lotion out of the eye but it may not eliminate the discomfort immediately. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in rinsing out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.

Remember, even though the summer is almost over, it is recommended to use sunscreen throughout the year to defend yourself from dangerous ultraviolet rays.


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

  2. Never allow little children to apply sunblock alone.

  3. Never leave sunblock where children can reach it and use the lock mechanism when not in use.

  4. Be sure to rub sunscreen in completely.

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

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