Most people believe in the closing of eyes as an eye protection method in a tanning bed. This is not always the case. Closing your eyes is not enough as far as protection of your eyes is concerned. Your eyes should always be protected from potential optic damages. Optical damages are mainly caused by exposure to ultraviolet UV light.
Your eyesight is one of the most cherished senses. Eye protection is thus very critical to your overall health and in enhancing the proper functioning of your eyesight. Here are some of the major benefits of having eye protection especially when you are in a tanning bed.
Why do you need eye protection while tanning?
Strapless eye goggles are available in most tanning salons. In most salons, they are provided for free upon special requests. If they are not provided, you can always purchase one since they are very cheap and affordable. Most of the readily available eye goggles are so thin and tiny that they don’t leave behind marks of tanning lines.
For regular tanners, these glasses are known to produce a ”white lid look”. For such a case, eye stickers are preferred. These eye stickers are sold in most salons at an affordable price bellow one U S dollar per set. Stickers have an advantage over the regular goggles since they can rest on your eyelids since they can fold up properly into cones. They can protect your eyes adequately from UV damage. Wink-ease is one of the most popular brands.
Just like skins, your eyes too are prone to the sunburst. Eye sunburns could lead to short-term damage on your eyes for some days. Such short-term damages include redness, excessive watering, and itching of the eyes.
Prevent UV exposure
Your eyelids can only block about 25% of the harmful, damaging UV rays. Eyelid protection is not enough on its own. Therefore, eye wear is necessary for trapping the harmful UV light during tanning.
There are two major categories of eye sun burns namely Basal Cell Carcinoma and Photokeratitis. The first one damages the delicate eye tissues causing redness and swelling around and in the eyes. The second one is a painful corneal burn, but it is temporary. It causes blurring and tearing for some days.
Cataract is caused by repeated exposure to eye burns. Cataracts can cause blindness or even extreme pain to your eyes. Invasive surgery is the only sure treatment for cataracts, but it is hazardous. You should always avoid this repeated exposure to sunburns to prevent this condition from occurring.
You should always consult your tanning salon on the best eye protection options. One tanning session without eye protection can cause severe damage to your eyes. Non-disposable types of eye protection need to be sanitized and cleaned after every use.