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How to Get Sunscreen Out of Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunblock in your eyes, you are aware how much it can hurt. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can be a while before the victim can open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.

There's no doubt getting sunblock in your eyes can ruin a day by the pool very quickly. Although the discomfort will likely remain for a while, relief will come more quickly with immediate care.

The most effective treatment is immediately flushing the eye out with running water for some time. This should get the sunscreen out of the eye yet it may not relieve the burning for a while. While it won't help to remove the sunscreen, applying cool, wet cloths to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Use of eye drops such as Visine may assist in flushing out the eye, but it is likely they will cause burning.

Even once the eyes are rinsed, vision will probably remain blurry for a while. If pain continues into the next day call your optometrist.

Preventative Tips

  1. Never spray sunscreen directly on the face. Always apply first to the hands and rub into the face.

  2. Never let little children apply sunblock alone.

  3. Don't leave sunblock in reach of children.

  4. Be sure to rub sunscreen in completely.

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

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

Our office will be opening on Monday, May 18th. We will be following all CDC guidelines as well as those recommended by our National and State Organizations including the KOA and AOA as well as the Governor of Kentucky. We will be adding to our protocol to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Due to the recommendations, we are following, all patients will need to call from the parking lot when they arrive. We will ask you if you are running a fever, or have symptoms of COVID-19. We may even take your temperature to keep for our records. We will ask that you remain in your car until we notify you to come to our office.

All patients entering the building must wear a mask or face covering.

We ask for your patience over the next few months as we work to get our patients rescheduled that had to be canceled during the closure. We will not be working at full capacity for some time and realize this will most likely cause delays in getting people rescheduled. We will also not be taking walk-in patients and ask that you please call if you need to be seen to set up an appointment. Please know that we are doing everything we can to take care of our patients during these difficult times.

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If you have insurance you would like to use, you will need to call us and we will be happy to place the order for you and submit it to your insurance.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all soon,

Dr. Jason Glenn and Staff