Why Should I Wear Goggles When I Tan?

The question is why would you want to damage our eyes? Protecting your eyes is very important, and if you do not wear eye wear, you greatly increase your risk of eye problems. According to Preventing Blindness America, there are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. They both target different areas of the eye. UVA can cause central vision problems by damaging the macula (which is part of the retina, located in the back of the eye), and UVB damage is more common, which affects the cornea and lens of your eyes.

Long term exposure to UV rays without eye protection can cause blindness, disorders, cancers, and lesions. Also according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, UV rays can increase your risk for cataracts, which can cause a clouding of the lens. Cataracts have been known to be the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the United States.

Did you know that your eyelids only protect you against about 25% of the UV rays from a tanning bed? So the, “I forgot my tanning goggles” or the, “I will just put a towel over my face”, will not work! Your eyelids are too thin to protect the eyes from the UV rays and the towel does not block the UV either, it just filters it. UV rays can pass through objects, just like a towel. Even if you do not where eye wear now, it is never too late to start!


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