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Sunscreen and your Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunblock in your eyes, you know firsthand just how much it can sting. A real strong rub in the eye can often cause stinging that lasts for hours. It can take hours until the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

Needless to say rubbing sunblock in your eyes is likely to ruin a day of fun in the sun. While it is likely that effects will remain for some time, relief will come sooner with immediate attention.

The best way to treat the condition is to put the eye beneath running water for a while. Doing so will flush the sunscreen out of the eye however it may not eliminate the burning immediately. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Applying eye drops such as ClearEyes may be useful in cleaning out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.

Remember, although the summer is nearing its end, it is recommended to use sunscreen throughout the year to protect yourself from the dangers of ultraviolet rays.

Tips for Sunblock Safety

  1. Never spray sunscreen straight on the face.
  2. Don't allow small children to put on lotion on their own.
  3. Keep lotion out of reach of children.
  4. Don't let small children rub in sunscreen. If they get sunscreen on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.
  5. Do not apply sunblock too close to the eyes.
  6. Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from UV rays.


Please be advised that all office visits including exams, frame selections, repairs, pick-ups, and drop-offs are by appointment only. We are required to wear a face mask in our office and ask that you bring yours to your appointment.

We are happy to serve our patients and community and are committed to keeping you as safe as possible.

Thank you.

The Shuswap Optometric Team