Caring for your
Sun exposure and tanning
Canada is full of outdoors enthusiasts.
Whether relaxing, exercising or just working in the sun,
there are some important factors to keep in mind. This includes
those who enjoy indoor tanning beds especially.
Indoors or out, people are exposing themselves
to ultraviolet (UV) rays to an unprecedented degree.
With the increased penetration of UV rays in our atmosphere
today, outdoor exposure is not so different from the UV-rich,
indoor tanning beds that have been the subject of much debate.
This is true of cloudy days as much as sunny
ones. Dont forget that water and snow environments,
as well as higher elevations, also demand UV protection.
Significant exposure to these UV rays can
damage your retina, cornea and can cause cataracts or macular
degeneration. Ensure that you wear UV-protected sunglasses
or a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors for a prolonged time.
Sterilized protective goggles are essential for any duration
of indoor tanning. In any environment, closing your eyes
is no protection from UV, and there is no substitute for
proper UV-blocking eyewear.
All content is
provided for education and information, and is no substitute
for the advice of your optometrist. This information is
provided courtesy of the British Columbia Association of
Optometrists (B.C.A.O.). The B.C.A.O. assumes no responsibility
or liability arising from any errors or omissions or from
the use of any information contained herein.