Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunscreen in their eyes are aware how much it can sting. 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 hours until the victim can comfortably 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 instantly. While it is likely that effects will remain for a while, you should try to tend to it as soon as possible.
The most effective way to treat the condition is immediately flushing the eye out with a stream of water for some time. Doing so will flush the lotion out of the eye but it may not eliminate the discomfort for a while. 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 be useful in rinsing out the eye, but they will cause burning.
Even once the eyes have been flushed, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurry. If discomfort continues after a few hours call your optometrist.
Never spray sunscreen directly on the face.
Don't allow little children to put on sunblock on their own.
Don't leave sunscreen in reach of small 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.
Wear sunglasses to guard the eyes and the areas around them from ultraviolet rays.