Even when closed, the human eye possesses no natural protection from and is easily injured by exposure to UV light. The skin on our eyelids are much thinner than anywhere else on the body. We know that too much exposure to UV rays can permanently harm the retina of our eyes. It can also burn the cornea, and repeated exposure over many years can change the structure of the lens so that it begins to cloud, forming a cataract. Left untreated, cataracts can cause blindness. So, taking care of our eyes by wearing protective goggles while we tan is important. A towel does not block the UV rays, and we are required by health bylaws to ensure all clients have their eyewear before allowing you in the bed.
We have two eyewear options in store.
Disposable eyewear - use it once, then throw it away!
We also carry Prospects which should be replace approx. every 6 months with regular use. They fit snugly (so they cannot slip or slide while tanning), and cover your eyes completely with a clear elastic band that you can remove if you prefer.
How do I prevent “raccoon eyes”?
Adjust your eyewear once in a while during your tanning session will help reduce the demarcation of tanned to non-tanned skin. You can make this adjustment by gently sliding your eyewear to a new position. You should never lift the eyewear off of your eyes during adjustment.
We do not provide eye wear to borrow.
With regards to providing/lending eyewear to clients, we stopped this practice in 2005 at the request of the various Health Boards that monitor and enforce the various tanning salon guidelines. Their position, which we are in agreement with, is that lending out eyewear is unsanitary and can lead to serious eye infections. Even though we always disinfected our eyewear, we could not 100% prevent a client from accidentally picking up a pair that had not been disinfected. The majority of professional tanning salons now require clients to purchase, for a nominal fee, their own eyewear and this is done in your best interest.