Sunbed eyesight failure warning issued

London: Sunbed-lovers are more likely to have poor eyesight if they fail to wear protective goggles or shades, experts have warned.

According to the College of Optometrists, UV damage caused by bright sunbed lamps can result long-term problems and growths in the eyes.

The College has recommended people to wear goggles or "winkies" provided by tanning salons.

"The skin on the eyelid is very thin and delicate so it’s vital to protect this area from UV rays," the Daily Express quoted Susan Blakeney, optometric adviser, as saying.

"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," she said.

" Repeated exposure to UV may cause long-term damage which could affect sight in later life. We only have one pair of eyes, so if you want to safeguard your sight, always ensure you wear the proper protection whether on the sunbed or in the sun," she added.


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