How not to protect your eyes
How not to protect your eyesiStock

Doctors in the US have reported patients experiencing pain after applying sunblock in their eyes in order to look at the recent solar eclipse, reports Nbc4i's KRCR. Those same medical professionals do not report any cases of damage by looking directly at the sun, the station 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,” said Nurse practitioner Trish Patterson in Columbus, Ohio.

According to the US National Capital Poison Center, sunscreen in the eyes can cause pain and irritation. They recommend rinsing with running water as the best first aid.