Do Infrared Saunas Effect Eyes?

By

Alex Tyson

Before reading this article, please note that this information should not be seen as medical advice and that you should talk to your healthcare practitioners prior to lifestyle changes.

Found—Space is Australia’s leading hormetic tech company. Since 2008, we have been a trailblazer in the realm of infrared sauna technology, marrying health and wellness with advanced technology. Beyond selling infrared saunas, we are deeply invested in educating and guiding our clients on the myriad health benefits these saunas offer. This article delves into the intricacies of infrared sauna use and its potential implications for eye health, addressing key questions such as “Are infrared saunas bad for your eyes”, the safety concerns around “infrared light harmful to eyes”, and advice on “can you wear contact lenses in a sauna”.

Is Infrared Light Harmful To Eyes?

No, while it’s crucial to note that excessive exposure to any form of light (including infrared) can be harmful to the eyes, the levels of infrared light in saunas are well below this threshold. Infrared saunas use infrared light, which is a low-intensity form of light, making them safe for regular (or even daily) use.

The infrared light used in saunas is safe and does not emit harmful radiation. However, if you have any other concerns about using an infrared sauna, please consult your healthcare professional. Studies have suggested that very high amounts of infrared light may cause damage to the eyes, however, it is highly unlikely in everyday situations. The light would need to be extremely intense and your eyes would need high levels of exposure for damage to occur.

Understanding Infrared Sauna Light and Eye Safety

Most infrared saunas deploy a spectrum of light that includes near-infrared, mid-infrared, and far-infrared. Our saunas predominantly utilise far-infrared light, known for its safety and health benefits. A typical sauna session, which lasts about 30 minutes and is used three times a week (or more), is considered safe and poses no significant risk to the eyes.

There are three types of infrared light:

  1. Near-infrared
  2. Mid-infrared
  3. Far infrared

Our infrared saunas use far infrared light to heat the body which is considered to be the safest form of infrared light. On average, most people use their infrared saunas three times a week for 15-20 minutes. This level of exposure to infrared light is not considered harmful and eye damage is extremely unlikely.

Contact Lenses in Saunas: A Cautionary Approach

A common query we address is “Can you wear contact lenses in a sauna”. The increased heat and humidity in saunas, especially traditional ones, can cause discomfort for those wearing contact lenses. To prevent dry eyes, discomfort, or blurred vision due to the sauna’s heat, it is advisable to remove contact lenses before entering. Opting for glasses or other visual aids can enhance the sauna experience while safeguarding eye health.

Eye Health, Hygiene, and Sauna Use

For individuals who wear contact lenses, maintaining eye hygiene is vital, particularly when using saunas. If lenses are exposed to sauna conditions, it is essential to clean and disinfect them thoroughly afterwards to prevent potential bacterial infections. Though technically possible, wearing contact lenses in a sauna is generally not recommended for these reasons.

The consensus in the medical community, though based on cautious extrapolation rather than direct research, is that wearing contact lenses in saunas is not recommended. The potential risks, albeit minor, warrant a cautious approach to ensure eye health and safety.

Maximising Safety and Enjoyment in Your Sauna Experience

We always prioritise your safety and wellness. Our team is equipped to address any other concerns you may have about eye health in relation to sauna use. We aim to ensure that you can confidently and safely enjoy the health and wellness benefits of our infrared saunas. However, we also recommend that you consult with your healthcare professionals.

Discover Infrared Sauna Wellness with Found—Space

Interested in exploring the benefits of infrared saunas and learning how to use them safely? Enquire online. Our team is ready to guide you through the world of hormetic technology and assist you in achieving your wellness goals.

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