With the warmer months right around the corner, many people are going to be outdoors more. To some, that means developing a "base tan" so they don't have the :winter paleness" by the time summer rolls around. While we understand everyone wants to look their best, there are some harmful side effects to trying to darken your complexion. 

In addition to causing skin cancer, tanning beds — like prolonged sun exposure — can lead to serious eye damage. Studies also have demonstrated that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation during indoor tanning can lead to eye damage. Tanning beds can produce UV levels up to 100 times what you would get from the sun, which can cause serious damage to the external and internal structures of the eye and eyelids.

 In addition to avoiding the harmful UV levels of tanning beds, while outdoors, we recommend that you wear 99 percent and higher UV–absorbent sunglasses and a brimmed hat, as well as appropriate SPF sun block on the face.

Early signs of age-related eye diseases, including cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration can begin in midlife but often do not noticeably affect your vision until later. That's why it is so important to get a baseline comprehensive eye exam at the age of 40, even for people who have no symptoms or known risk factors.