If you have ever gotten sunscreen in your eyes, you know firsthand just how painful it can be. A real strong rub in the eye can even cause stinging that lasts for hours. It can take hours until the victim can open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.
Needless to say rubbing sunblock in your eyes is likely to cause a quick stop to a day by the pool. Though it is common that stinging will remain for some time, relief will come sooner with immediate attention.
The best way to treat the condition is to flush out the eye under running water for a while. This should rinse the sunscreen out of the eye however it may not ease the irritation immediately. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Using eye drops such as Visine may help in flushing out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.
Don't forget, although the summer is coming to an end, it is very important to wear sunblock all year round to guard yourself from the dangers of ultraviolet rays.
Tips for Sunblock Safety
Never spray sunblock straight on the face. Always apply first to the hands and rub into the face.
Never permit little kids to apply lotion alone.
Keep lotion out of reach of children.
Never let small children rub in sunscreen. If they get it on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.
Be very careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.
Wear large sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from UV rays.