Everyone was donning those eclipse glasses last week, which made all of America look like it was staring at the sky waiting for a 3D movie to start. The eclipse glasses were the only way people could view the sun straight-on, without risk. Using a pinhole viewer is fun, but that’s just seeing the shadow. People shelled out their bucks to get face to face with the great astronomical event of the century.
In the absence of eclipse goggles, some people went DIY. Hospital reports in Virginia and California show that some folks tried applying sunscreen directly to their eyeballs. We’re going to repeat something oft said on this website when reporting on the truly idiotic things humans do to themselves: Don’t try this at home.
It’s widely known that to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun, you use sunscreen. Duh. It’s also widely known that you don’t put said sunscreen on your eyeballs. Actually, keep it away from you eyes in general. Apparently, some people did not know this. Just because it’s the eclipse doesn’t mean the laws of your eyeballs don’t apply.
The eclipse is over, but you might still be trying to stare at the sun. Maybe you’re part of a niche cult and diet regime that commands you to do so. Or you want to make sure your favorite fiery ball in the sky is still there, blazing its days away. In case you or a friend is confused about whether or not to put sunscreen on your eyeballs, we include here the warning label from a sunscreen bottle. There are a variety of methods, including special glasses, that protect your eyes from the merciless wrath of the Sun. Sunscreen is not one of these suggested methods.