No Eyewear! Is It Worth The Risk
The earth's ozone layer is what keeps us from burning up. There's a hole in the
ozone layer, and if it continues to grow, the sun's ultraviolet radiation (UVR)
that reaches Earth will become less and less filtered. If that happens, it will
change the way plants function and reproduce. At the same time that our food
sources begin to die off, the number of cases of cataracts that lead to
blindness will increase dramatically. Without the ozone layer, our living
planet will eventually die. We simply can't live without its protection from
the sun's powerful UV rays.
Although there isn't much you alone can do to protect the ozone layer, there's
plenty you can do to protect your eyes from corneal burns. Because corneal
burns are the No. 1 reason indoor tanners visit emergency rooms after tanning,
it makes good sense to wear eye protection every time you tan. Each year 12,000
people are sent to the emergency room with eye burns from unprotected tanning
When your eyes are sunburned, it's called photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is a
big word that means you've burned the cornea, or the outermost layer of your
eyeball. Though the pain associated with a corneal burn is thought by some to
feel like sand or dirt in the eye, it's actually the cornea peeling. Other
symptoms include watery eyes ,inþammation of the eyeball's surface, moderate to severe pain, blurred or cloudy
vision, light sensitivity, reddening of the eye, twitching around the eye, and
reduced pupil size. A corneal burn can happen in a single tanning session, with
your eyes closed.
Over 16 million people are blind because of cataracts. Tens of thousands will
lose their sight and millions more will have poor vision because of cataracts,
reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. "Ultraviolet light can
accelerate the aging process, and we see cataracts in much younger people,"
says Dr. Mark Kimpel, an ophthalmologist with Indiana University Medical
Center. "I constantly tell young people that they might not see the damage now,
but it's like sunburn; the damage is accumulating for later." Dr. Kimpel, an
indoor tanner, strongly recommends wearing eye protection when tanning indoors
and UV-block sunglasses outdoors.
The University of Maryland Medical Center explains that the ultraviolet (UV)
light from sunlight or tanning lamps penetrates the thin skin of the eyelid.
Unprotected UV exposure causes cataracts by creating changes in the lens and is
also responsible for macular degeneration, which causes blindness. Ultraviolet
over-exposure is responsible for creating oxygen-free radicals, called
oxidants, which are unstable molecules that can cause cataracts. If you're a
smoker, heavy drinker or take certain drugs, you have an even higher chance of
developing cataracts, as you'll have more oxidants running around in your body.
Though you may be able to regain your vision with surgeries, cataracts can never
be cured. Always wear FDA compliant eye protection when tanning indoors and
UV-Block sunglasses outdoors (UV-Block certified or labeled "UV 400) to protect
your eyes and help prevent cataracts and corneal burns.
info from Eyepro, makers of Wink-Ease disposable eyewear
Unprotected eyes are at risk for loss of night vision, loss of color vision,
loss of visual acuity, increased light sensitivity, and pain and swelling
resulting from corneal burns. Only FDA compliant eyewear will filter out both
uv-a and uv-b light. Failure to use protective eyewear while tanning can lead
to brunescent cataracts and may result in damage to the cornea and retina of
the eyes. Merely closing your eyes will not protect them from uv penetration.
The eyelids are too thin to prevent uv penetration. Isn't your eyesight too
valuable to compromise?