Individuals who have unfortunately gotten sunblock in their eyes 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 take a long time before the victim can comfortably open his eyes, especially outside in the bright sun.
Needless to say getting sunblock in your eyes can cause a quick stop to a day at the beach instantly. While the discomfort will probably remain for a while, you should try to treat it as soon as possible.
The most effective treatment is to immediately flush the eye out with a stream of water for a while. Doing so will get the lotion out of the eye however it probably won't ease the burning immediately. For discomfort, cool, wet compresses to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Using eye drops such as ClearEyes may be useful in rinsing out the eye, but it is likely they will burn.
Even once the eyes are flushed, it is normal for vision to be somewhat blurred. If pain continues after a significant amount of time call your optometrist.
Never spray sunscreen directly on the face.
Never let little children put on lotion themselves.
Keep lotion out of reach of children.
Never let small children rub in sunscreen. If they have it on their hands they may rub it in their eyes.
Be very careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes.
Use sunglasses to guard the eyes and the surrounding areas from UV rays.