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Eye damage from sunbeds

17th August 2010

The College of Optometrists has warned people who use sunbeds that they are putting their eyesight in danger if they do not wear safety goggles.


Experts said people who went without the goggles to avoid marks on their faces should be aware that keeping their eyes closed does not fully protect them.

The UV created by sunbed lamps can lead to the eyes becoming damaged and cause growths, in addition to the risk of skin cancer.

The college said people should wear the goggles offered by tanning salons if they wanted to protect their eyes.

The college's expert Dr Susan Blakeney said: "The skin on the eyelid is very thin and delicate so it's vital to protect this area from UV rays. Whilst we do not advocate the use of sunbeds, if you do use them it is important to ensure that you always use protective eye wear - as you would wear sunglasses when outside - to safeguard your eyes from UV rays."

"Avoiding wearing goggles or 'winkies' whilst using a sunbed can lead to benign eye growths called pterygium."

Dr Blakeney added that the beds produced both UVA and UVB rays, which can be more intense than the sun's rays because they are beamed straight at the face.


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