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Sunscreen and your Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunblock in your eyes, you know firsthand 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 take a long time before the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun.

There's no doubt rubbing sunblock in your eyes is likely to ruin a day by the pool in an instant. Although it is likely that discomfort will remain for some time, relief will come sooner with the right attention.

The best treatment is to rinse the eye beneath a tap of water for some time. Doing so will flush the lotion out of the eye but it probably won't reduce the irritation at once. For discomfort, cool, wet cloths to the eyes may have a soothing effect. Using eye drops such as ClearEyes may help in flushing out the eye, but they will burn.

Don't forget, even though the summer is almost over, it is very important to apply sunscreen all year round to protect yourself from dangerous ultraviolet rays.

Preventative Tips

  1. Never spray sunblock directly on the face.

  2. Don't let small children put on sunblock themselves.

  3. Don't leave sunscreen where children can reach it .

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

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

  6. Use sunglasses to guard the eyes and the surrounding areas from ultraviolet rays.

Great news! 

Our offices are now reopened!

The Doctors & staff of both offices have been working hard to put in place safeguards that will keep our patients and staff, healthy and safe. Not only will we be adhering to strict disinfection protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are a few other temporary protocols that we would like to make you aware of:

The safety of our patients and staff is by far the most important thing on our minds as we reopen, and we apologize in advance for any and all inconveniences that this COVID-19 Pandemic period may have caused you and your family.

If you have any questions email our Peoria Office Manager at or our Bloomington Office Manager at

We look forward to seeing everyone soon.

The Doctors & Staff of Peoria Eye Professionals