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How to Get Sunscreen Out of Eyes

Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes know firsthand how painful it can be. A very good spray in the eye can even cause burning that lasts for hours. It can take hours until 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 is likely to ruin a day by the pool in an instant. Though the discomfort will likely remain for a while, relief will come sooner with proper attention.

The best way to treat the condition is to put the eye beneath a stream of water for some time. Doing so should rinse the lotion out of the eye yet it may not eliminate the irritation for a while. For discomfort, cool, wet compresses to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as Visine may help in flushing out the eye, but they will cause burning.

Even once the eyes are rinsed, vision will probably remain blurred for some time. If pain persists after a few hours call your optometrist.


  1. Never spray sunscreen straight on the face. Apply first to the hands and rub into the face.

  2. Don't permit little kids to put on sunblock themselves.

  3. Keep lotion out of reach of children.

  4. Be sure to rub sunblock in completely.

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

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