Some People Put Sunscreen on Their Eyes to Watch the Eclipse. No Lie.

Some People Put Sunscreen on Their Eyes to Watch the Eclipse. No Lie.

I’ll level with you, people; this is just one of those articles that had to be written. Not because it serves any great purpose or offers any great advice, but … well, maybe it does offer one little nugget of wisdom: don’t put sunscreen in your eyes.

I don’t know where you were or what you did during the recent eclipse, but I was out and about running errands that day and I saw many people looking up at the sun without any protective glasses or pinhole projectors. A quick glance is one thing – understandable, even – but there were people just gazing up at the sun without a care in the world.

Staring at an eclipse without protection for your eyes is questionable, but putting sunscreen in your eyes to watch it borders on insanity. Yet, health professionals report that some people sought medical attention after doing just that.

Trish Patterson, a nurse at Prestige Urgent Care in Redding, California, said:

“One of my colleagues at moonlight here stated yesterday that they had patients presenting at their clinic that put sunscreen on their eyeball, and presented that they were having pain and they were referred to an ophthalmologist.”

Apparently, some people in Virginia did this, too. [2]

So, here’s some “natural” health advice: don’t stare at the sun (it only takes a few seconds to burn your retinas), and don’t apply sunscreen to your eyes.

Actually, if you’ve ever considered putting sunscreen in your eyes, maybe you shouldn’t go outside at all. =p


[1] Fox News

[2] SFGate