If you have ever gotten sunblock in your eyes, you know firsthand just how much it can sting. A real strong spray in the eye can even result in burning that lasts for hours. It can be a while until the victim can comfortably open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.
There's no doubt getting sunblock in your eyes can ruin a day at the beach very quickly. Although it is common that stinging will last for a while, it is important to treat it as soon as possible.
The best treatment is to rinse the eye beneath a tap of water for a while. Doing so will get the sunscreen out of the eye yet it may not relieve the discomfort at once. For discomfort, cool, wet compresses to the eyes may cause some relief. Use of eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in rinsing out the eye, but they will burn.
Even once the eyes are rinsed, vision will probably remain blurred for some time. If pain persists into the next day see your optometrist.
Tips for Applying Sunblock Safely
Never spray sunblock straight on the face.
Never permit little children to apply sunblock on their own.
Don't leave sunscreen in reach of small children and use the lock mechanism when not in use.
Don't let small children rub in sunscreen. If they get sunscreen on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.
Be very careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes.
Use large sunglasses to guard the eyes and the areas around them from UV rays.