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)
raysto 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
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.
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.