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Did I damage my eyes in a tanning booth if I forgot the goggles?
This is impossible to answer because we don't know the strength of the light. But it is unlikely to have harmed you significantly. Ultraviolet light can harm the cornea, increase the chance of cataracts, and probably increase the risk of macular degeneration in the retina, among other problems. These injuries are unlikely to occur because of a 15-second exposure but rather a lifetime of exposure. Most likely, the dose you received was quite small compared to what is required for injuries to these tissues occur. Beware of tanning salons and exposure to UV light, though, as these can also increase your chance of several skin cancers.
How often should I have my eyes tested if I am over 65?
UCLA Health answeredSpeak with your doctor about any changes in your vision. People 65 or older should be examined annually by an ophthalmologist, a doctor specializing in eye health. Those with a family history of eye disease or diabetes should receive a dilated-pupil eye exam. Early detection may prevent significant visual impairment -- and its accompanying loss of function and independence.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What causes the whites of my eyes to be red?
American Academy of Ophthalmology answered
There are several eye diseases that cause red eyes, some of which can lead to blindness unless diagnosed and treated. If symptoms of conjunctivitis or "pink eye" persist for an extended period of time after treatment, you should have your eyes examined by your ophthalmologist, as these symptoms may indicate a more serious eye problem.
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