Individuals who have regrettably gotten sunscreen in their eyes know firsthand just how painful it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can be a while before the victim can comfortably open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.
Needless to say rubbing sunscreen in your eyes can cause a quick stop to a day by the pool very quickly. Though the discomfort will likely remain for some time, it is important to treat it as soon as possible.
The best treatment is to flush out the eye beneath running water for a while. Doing so should flush the sunscreen out of the eye but it probably won't reduce the stinging immediately. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet compresses to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as Visine may be useful in rinsing out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.
After rinsing, vision will probably remain blurred for some time. If discomfort persists after a few hours call your eye care professional.
Do not spray sunscreen straight on the face. Always apply to the hands and rub into the face.
Don't let little children put on lotion themselves.
Keep lotion out of reach of children.
Be sure to rub sunscreen in completely.
Do not apply sunblock too close to the eyes.
Use large sunglasses to protect the eyes and the areas around them from ultraviolet rays.