Tanning Beds & Eye Disorders

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Tanning beds and eye disorders are directly related in a number of different interesting ways. Get information on tanning beds and eye disorders with help from an eye and facial plastic surgeon in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Matheson Harris, an oculoplastic surgeon and ophthalmologist in Salt Lake City, Utah. Doctors have often warned that tanning bed use is a bad idea but it's especially bad for the eyes. The best way to avoid any problems with tanning beds and the eyes is to just not tan at all which is our recommendation. We all know that tanning can cause increased risk of skin cancer, premature skin aging and even melanoma which can be deadly. If you however, choose to use a tanning bed, there are a few tips to avoid any kind of eye problems. The biggest problem with using a tanning bed and the eyes is a problem called Photokeratitis which is essentially a sunburn on the eye. This can cause irritation on the surface of the eye, tearing and even some blurring of the vision. This can be avoided by using a special type of goggle called a Wink or an occlusion goggle which the tanning bed company should provide to you. Wearing wrap around sunglasses is not adequate as he UVA and UVB rays which are the damaging rays omitted by tanning beds can infiltrate around these types of glasses. Long term exposure to UVA and UVB rays can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, melanoma of the eye and permanent vision loss. If you experience any changes in your vision, you should see an ophthalmologist immediately. If you have any other questions about tanning beds, tanning bed risks or any other questions about the eyes, see an ophthalmologist in your area.

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