Sunburned eyelids can occur if been outside for extended periods of time where the skin has been exposed.
Sunburn develops after excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. This results to hot, reddened skin that can blister or peel. It can affect any body part including the eyelids.
What are the indications?
Sunburn typically starts a few hours after exposure to the sun but might take 1-2 days for the full effects to manifest.
The usual signs of sunburned eyelids include:
- Eye pain or burning sensation
- Gritty sensation in the eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Eye redness
- Blurred vision or seeing “halos” around lights
The symptoms typically subside after 1-2 days. In case they last more than 48 hours, a doctor must be seen.
Management of sunburned eyelids
Sunburned eyelids might take several days to fully develop followed by another several days after to start healing. Some of the remedies can be done at home to alleviate the symptoms include:
- Application of a cold compress of the eyes
- An over-the-counter pain medication for pain relief
- Proper protection by wearing sunglasses or hat to protect the sunburned eyelids.
- Moisturize the eyes if the individual sustained sunburned eyelids. Use artificial tears free from preservatives for a cooling effect.
- Avoid using contact lenses until the sunburn has settled
The individual should remain indoors for a few days to avoid exposure to UV light and promote better recovery. Even if the eyes are itchy, the individual should not rub them.