If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunblock and eyes, you know firsthand how painful it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may say that it is a good alternative to carrying around mace or pepper spray. It can take a long time until the victim can open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.
There's no doubt getting sunscreen in your eyes is likely to ruin a day at the beach. Although it is likely that effects will remain for a while, relief will come more quickly with immediate attention.
The best treatment is to right away flush the eye out with a stream of water for a while. Doing so should flush the sunscreen out of the eye yet it probably won't eliminate the stinging at once. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet cloths to the eyes may cause some relief. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may be useful in cleaning out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.
Even after the eyes are rinsed, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If discomfort persists into the next day contact your eye doctor.
Tips for Sunblock Safety
Never spray sunscreen straight on the face.
Don't let little children put on sunblock on their own.
Don't leave spray lotions in reach of children.
Don't let small children rub in sunscreen. If they have it on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.
Do not apply sunblock too close to the eyes.
Use large sunglasses to protect the eyes and the areas around them from ultraviolet rays.