Yes, always. First of all our insurance policy demands that we ensure that each customer has protective eyewear, and our waiver form reflects that. Secondly, UV light can cause significant damage to the cornea and retina of your eyes, resulting in cataracts or worse. Eyelids or towels are not enough as the UV light will still penetrate them and do damage. Not using proper eye protection may result in short term effects such as tired, itchy eyes, headaches and loss of night vision. No one should ever be in a tanning bed without eye protection. As with many other things, the bad effects of not wearing goggles may not manifest themselves until years later when you suddenly ask yourself, “Why do my eyes itch/hurt?” – it may relate back to the incorrect/missing eye protection from years earlier. Protection now is the key.