Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware how excruciating it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can take hours until the victim can open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.
Needless to say rubbing sunscreen in your eyes is likely to ruin a day by the pool. Though the discomfort will probably remain for some time, it is important to tend to it as soon as possible.
The most effective way to treat the condition is to right away flush the eye out with running water for some time. Doing so should flush the sunblock out of the eye but it probably won't eliminate the irritation immediately. 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 help in cleaning out the eye, but they will cause burning.
After flushing, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If pain continues after a few hours see your optometrist.
Tips for Sunblock Safety
Never spray sunscreen directly on the face.
Don't let little children apply sunblock alone.
Never leave sunblock where children can reach it and use the lock mechanism when not in use.
Rub sunscreen in completely.
Do not apply sunblock too close to the eyes.
Use large sunglasses to guard the eyes and the areas around them from UV rays.