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what happens if you don't wear goggles in a tanning bed?

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What can happen to your eyes in a tanning bed if you don't use goggles?
I'm not trying to be stupid, but what's the difference between closing your eyes and wearing the goggles? Is it because the eyelid skin is thinner and more sensitive?

And please, save the lectures on tanning for somebody else.

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asked Apr 7, 2017 in Health by darell

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Studies show that too much exposure to ultraviolet rays, including UVA rays, can damage the retina. Overexposure can burn the cornea, and repeated exposure over many years can change the structure of the lens so that it begins to cloud, forming a cataract. Left untreated, cataracts can cause blindness.

The Food and Drug Administration requires tanning salons to direct all customers to wear protective eye goggles. Closing your eyes, wearing ordinary sunglasses, and using cotton wads do not protect the cornea from the intensity of UV radiation in tanning devices.

Long-term exposure to natural sunlight also can result in eye damage, but in the sun, people generally are more aware that their eyelids are burning. Under indoor UV lights, exposed skin remains cool to the touch. In addition, the intensity of lights used in tanning devices is much greater — and potentially more damaging to the eyes — than the intensity of UV rays in natural sunlight.
answered Apr 7, 2017 by Evilest_Wendy
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Did I damage my eyes in a tanning booth if I forgot the goggles?
answered Apr 7, 2017 by curious
This is impossible to answer because we don't know the strength of the light. But it is unlikely to have harmed you significantly. Ultraviolet light can harm the cornea, increase the chance of cataracts, and probably increase the risk of macular degeneration in the retina, among other problems. These injuries are unlikely to occur because of a 15-second exposure but rather a lifetime of exposure. Most likely, the dose you received was quite small compared to what is required for injuries to these tissues occur. Beware of tanning salons and exposure to UV light, though, as these can also increase your chance of several skin cancers.

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