Eyesight warning to sunbed users

Sunbed-lovers are risking their eyesight by failing to wear protective goggles or shades, experts warned today.

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

Merely closing the eyes while on the sunbed does not offer full protection, with the skin there being so thin it is at risk of burning.

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The college recommends people wear the goggles or "winkies" provided by tanning salons.

Dr Susan Blakeney, optometric adviser to the college, said: "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 can lead to benign eye growths called pterygium."

The news comes on top of the warning to sunbed users about skin cancer risks.