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Cataracts And Tanning
Cataracts: There are many causes of cataracts besides uv exposure from a tanning bed-- sunlight, smoking, aging, certain medications, and heredity are all factors. So yes, you can still get cataracts even if you close your eyes during tanning sessions. Also, I am not certain that eyelids will block 100% of the uv radiation from a tanning bed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A cataract is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more
It seems whenever I have eyes dilated, i can see such detail (freckles on son's face). Could this be cataracts?
Possibly: Some cataracts are centrally located and when the pupil is dilated, the clearer outer margin will create and image that is better. Corneal conditions can also do this. Why were your eyes dilated? During that examination the eye doctor who was treating you should have commented upon cataracts or other features. Maybe you should give him a call? ...Read more
Yes: Sometimes the force that hits the eyes is sufficient to carry enough energy to the lens that it will opacify and become a cataract. That in fact is why the name traumatic cataract exists. ...Read more
Any U-V light can: Tanning involves exposure to u-v (ultraviolet) light. This wavelength of light has been connected with increased growth of cataracts, and with progression of macular degeneration. If you are tanning, you should always wear the protective eyewear that they provide, and when you are out in the sun, you should wear hats and/or sunglasses to shield your eyes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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