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How Tanning Affects The Eyes

Many people claim that using a tanning bed is safer than sitting outdoors sunbathing, but unfortunately, that is not the case. While sitting under UV light won't create any immediate or drastic damage, over time, the extreme exposure to this light, which has 100x more UV radiation than the sun, can be harmful to skin and eye health.

 Closing Your Eyes Doesn't Help

 In combination with closing your eyes, protective eyeglasses in the tanning bed aren't enough to keep them protected. By subjecting the eyes to UV light, eye problems can occur no matter if your eyes are open or closed. These potential issues may include photokeratitis, macular degeneration, cataracts, blurry vision, and even dry eye. Let's get deeper into each of these eye health issues and how tanning beds can play a role.

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Getting a sunburn can be uncomfortable enough as it is. Imagine getting a sunburn on your eye! That's precisely what photokeratitis is. This issue is temporary, much like a typical sunburn on the skin. However, photokeratitis can cause pain, swelling, and decreased or blurry vision. To remedy this, doctors typically prescribe a topical solution that will repair any temporary damage to the eyes.

 Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness. This eye health issue is the deterioration of vision. It can cause blurry vision, blind spots in your eyesight, and a reduced ability to recognize colors or shapes. This condition typically affects older people, but many other factors include heredity, age-related eye diseases, and smoking habits.

While wearing tanning goggles may not be ideal, it is essential to keeping the eyes safe. Closing the eyes without eye protection means that only a thin layer of skin covers the eyes. As a result, eyes can become damaged over time and cause vision blurriness. Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for adults who are over 60 years of age. However, the younger generation is not safe either.


Although cataracts are often associated with people of older age, exposure to the sun or the harsh UV rays from tanning beds can cause clouding and yellowing of the eyes. This issue makes it difficult to see clearly, and colors may become distorted.

However, there are ways to protect the eyes from the harmful effects of UV rays and tanning beds. The first thing is to wear sunglasses or eyeglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection when exposed to sunlight for a long time. To avoid getting cataracts, get regular eye exams and visit the doctor if any problems arise.

 Eye Health at The Advanced Eyelid Surgery Center

In conclusion, sun exposure can cause an increased risk of eye health problems. It is crucial to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses, avoiding tanning beds, and limiting sun exposure in general.

If you are looking for more information on protecting your eyes from sun exposure, look no further than The Advanced Eyelid Surgery Center. If you experience any changes in your vision, call us at 817-778-4444 to schedule an appointment today.

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