Can zinc oxide creme protect the eye from bad uv radiation if applied to the lids?

Lids only. Zinc oxide is a terrific blocker of uv radiation on the skin. You would not want to get it into your eye - it would disturb the vision and be uncomfortable. So it will block uv from the lids but not from the eyeball.

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Can zinc oxide creme protect the eye from uv radiation when applied to the lids?

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