If you have ever gotten sunblock in your eyes, you know firsthand how much it can hurt. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may say that it is a good alternative to carrying around mace or pepper spray. It can take hours until the victim can feel comfortable enough to 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 at the beach in an instant. Though it is likely that discomfort will last for some time, relief will come more quickly with proper care.
The best way to treat the condition is to right away flush the eye out with a stream of water for some time. This will rinse the sunscreen out of the eye however it may not eliminate the discomfort immediately. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Eye drops such as Visine may help in flushing out the eye, but they will cause burning.
After rinsing, vision will probably remain blurred for some time. If discomfort continues after a few hours contact your eye doctor.
Tips for Applying Sunblock Safely
Do not spray sunblock directly on the face.
Don't let small children put on sunscreen alone.
Don't leave sunscreen in reach of children.
Don't let small children rub in sunscreen. If they have sunblock on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.
Be very careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes.
Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from UV rays.