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Getting Sunblock Out of Your Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunscreen in your eyes, you are aware how excruciating it can be. A very strong spray in the eye can even result in stinging that lasts for hours. It can take hours before the victim can open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

There's no doubt getting sunblock in your eyes is likely to cause a quick stop to a day of fun in the sun in an instant. While it is likely that stinging will last for some time, it is important to treat it as soon as possible.

The most effective treatment is immediately flushing the eye out with a stream of water for some time. This should rinse the lotion out of the eye yet it may not ease the burning immediately. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Applying eye drops such as ClearEyes may be useful in rinsing out the eye, but they will cause burning.

Even once the eyes are flushed, vision will probably remain blurred for a while. If pain continues into the next day see your eye care professional.


  1. Do not spray sunblock straight on the face. Always apply first to the hands and rub into the face.

  2. Don't permit little children to put on sunscreen alone.

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

  4. Don't let small children rub in sunscreen. If they get it on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.

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

  6. Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from ultraviolet rays.