Direct sunlight can cause permanent damage to your eyes, and a tanning bed is no different. So, if you’ve ever forgot your tanning goggles at home or thought you’d go without so you didn’t end up looking like albino raccoon, think again.
For your eyes only.
Different parts of your eye absorb different kinds of UV radiation and light.
The surface layers of your eyeball (the cornea and the conjunctiva) absorb UVB rays.40
The lens absorbs UVA rays.
The lining at the back of your inner eyeball (the retina) absorbs visible light.41
All of these types of light are present in large amounts in a tanning bed, which makes it a very dangerous place for eyes without proper protection.
Blinded by the light.
When you lie in a tanning bed without goggles on, you run the risk of overexposing your eyes to UV radiation and bright light. This can result in damage to your retina and permanent loss of vision. UV radiation over time may also increase the risk of developing cataracts. Cataracts cause a gradual clouding of the natural lens of the eye. What good is a tan if you can’t even see it?