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Sunscreen and your Eyes


If you have ever gotten sunscreen in your eyes, you know firsthand just 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 be a while before the victim can comfortably open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.


There's no doubt rubbing sunblock in your eyes can cause a quick stop to a day of fun in the sun in an instant. While it is likely that discomfort will last for a while, it is important to treat it as soon as possible.


The best way to treat the condition is to flush out the eye beneath a tap of water for some time. Doing so will get the lotion out of the eye yet it probably won't reduce the stinging immediately. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet cloths to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Eye drops such as ClearEyes may assist in flushing out the eye, but they will cause burning.


Don't forget, even though the summer is almost over, it is advised to apply sunblock throughout the year to defend yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays.


Tips for Applying Sunblock Safely


  1. Do not spray sunblock directly on the face.

  2. Never let small children apply lotion themselves.

  3. Never leave sunblock in reach of small children and use the lock mechanism when not in use.

  4. Never let small children rub in sunscreen. If they get it on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.

  5. Be very careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.

  6. Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes and the surrounding areas from ultraviolet rays.
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We will have someone at the office between the hours of 10 and 1 p.m. to answer phones and to assist patients with Eyeglass and contact lens pickups.

Dr. Weshefsky will also handle any emergency patience during these hours.

As of now, we plan on reopening with a normal schedule on Monday April 6th.

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