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Getting Sunscreen Out of Your Eyes

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunscreen and eyes, you know firsthand just how excruciating it can be. A real strong rub in the eye can even result in stinging that lasts for hours. It can take hours before the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.

There's no doubt rubbing sunscreen in your eyes can cause a quick stop to a day of fun in the sun in an instant. Although it is common that stinging will remain for some time, it is important to tend to it as soon as possible.

The most effective way to treat the condition is to flush out the eye beneath running water for some time. Doing so should get the sunblock out of the eye yet it may not ease the discomfort for a while. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Using eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in flushing out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.

After flushing, vision will probably remain blurred for some time. If discomfort continues into the next day see your optometrist.


  1. Do not spray sunblock directly on the face.

  2. Never allow little children to apply sunscreen themselves.

  3. Never leave sunscreen in reach of small children.

  4. Rub sunblock in completely.

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

  6. Use sunglasses to protect the eyes and the areas around them from UV rays.