Our American friends across the Pacific have been taking slip, slop and slap health warnings to the next level – by rubbing sunscreen onto their eyeballs during last week’s solar eclipse.
According to nurse Trish Patterson, a number of patients thought rubbing a bit of sunblock into their eyeballs would prepare them for the rare spectacle, reports KRCRTV.
Sadly, they were wrong.
"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," she said.
In the lead up to the eclipse, experts encouraged the use of special NASA-approved glasses, or to instead project the image of the sun onto a screen.
It’s not much of a surprise that sunscreen lathered up on one’s eyeballs was not included on the list of approved safety measures.
While Patterson added that it takes only mere seconds of staring at the sun to cause lasting eye damage, it often would take up to a day for symptons including blurriness or visual defects to appear.