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Sunscreen in the Eyes- OUCH!

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

  1. Never spray sunscreen straight on the face.

  2. Don't let little children put on sunblock on their own.

  3. Don't leave spray lotions in reach of children.

  4. Don't let small children rub in sunscreen. If they have it on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.

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

  6. Use large sunglasses to protect the eyes and the areas around them from ultraviolet rays.

Personal Message from Drs. McRoberts, Bowden & Davidson regarding COVID-19

Considering the evolving situation of COVID-19, we feel it is our responsibility to prioritize the health of our community members during this critical time and do what we can to minimize the opportunity for transmission. As a result, we have made the decision to close our physical clinic and provide only virtual appointments & emergency referrals until further notice.

For Squamish patients, please call 604-892-5055 during our regular business hours to consult.
For West Vancouver patients, please call 604-922- 0413 during our regular business hours to consult.

We are here if you need us!

**Please note – we will continue to be available for your glasses, contacts, eye drops, ocular supplements and any other product or prescription needs. Please call and we can arrange to have these shipped directly to your door at no charge.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times. We are hopeful that this will be a temporary measure, and will be monitoring the situation carefully. Please take care of yourselves & each other, and we hope to see you soon!

Drs. McRoberts, Bowden & Davidson