posted on Jul, 28 2009 @ 05:24 PM
This reminds me of a really stupid thing I did when I was 16. (there were actually several and even more since, however...) [wavy lines for the
way-back machine ] I was watching a friend's house and decided to try their tanning bed. I had acne on my back, and decided to lay face-down,
and actually remembered to cover up the bits that had never seen the sun........
But..... I chose to read a book for a few minutes. yep, you guessed it. The UV reflected off the pages of the book, right into my eyes and burned
the crap out of the sclera of my eyes. I woke up at x-o'clock with my eyes burning and I couldn't see. Called 911 and they arrived, helped me
lock up the place and rushed me to emergency. I spent the next day in the hospital and a kindly nurse dropped me back off at the friend's house,
my eyes full of medicinal goo, and patched over and taped.
I learned to negoitiate the house blind, and had a really weird sleep schedule as I couldn't tell light from darkness.
When the patches were taken off four days later, to my relief, my vision was normal. That was the point where I realized that tanning beds are
ultra-concentrated UV and have avoided them since.
I work outside much of the time now, and haven't "laid out" in the sun for 30 years or more. I still wear sunscreen sometimes, although I think
it has it's own nasties in it. Natural sunlight = good. Artificial concentrated sunlight = baaad. No like.