California eclipse watchers treated after putting sunscreen on eyeballs, report says

This might not have been the brightest idea anyone had during the eclipse.

Several people in California have reportedly been treated by ophthalmologists this week after attempting to view the eclipse by putting sunscreen directly onto their eyes.

According to KRCR-TV in Redding, California, a nurse practitioner told the TV station she'd seen "a few customers" who'd experienced pain "after they put sunscreen in their eye Monday since they did not have protective glasses."

She said those patients were referred to eye specialists. She also told KRCR that these were the only eclipse-related eye injuries she'd seen this week.

Poison Control says sunscreen in the eyes can be painful and should be rinsed out immediately.

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Editor's note: This story originally stated that the patients were located in Virginia but has been corrected to say California.

Clint Davis is a reporter for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis. Keep up to date with the latest news by following @ScrippsNational on Twitter.

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