Man visually impaired by eclipse warns others of viewing solar event

Man visually impaired by eclipse warns others of viewing solar event

Man visually impaired by eclipse warns others of viewing solar event

Back then, it was a total solar eclipse in Alaska and Canada, but the path of totality did not come through Oregon.

Van Gelder said it's safe to look directly at the sun only if you're in the area of totality - that 70-mile swath that will be plunged into darkness on Monday - and only for the duration of totality (a bit more than two minutes, depending on the location).

Doctors say that even if the sun is obstructed-such in the case of an eclipse-its rays can still cause damage to the eye. He noted that ever since he got it, the blind spot hasn't gotten any better or any worse.

You've heard it a gazillion times by now: You've got to protect your eyes during the eclipse.

That afternoon, he stood outside, and looked up with just his right eye.

"The damage that can happen to your eyes occurs in moments, it doesn't take a long time to induce permanent vision changes", he said.

"I'm going to go out and enjoy it".

Suh, who also is an associate professor at the Truhlsen Eye Institute's department of ophthalmology and visual sciences and department of pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said solar retinopathy occurs when harmful radiation from the sun reaches the eye. Unfortunately, Tomososki and Duval did not use one, which led to lifelong eye damage. However, with the solar eclipse, even when the sunlight is reduced by the moon, infrared and UV rays can still cause severe damage to the retina.

For months leading up to next week's eclipse, doctors have issued warnings to avoid looking at the sun and to make sure eclipse glasses meet protective requirements. His friend suffered damage in the left eye. In fact, even those who have already bought their eclipse glasses are still warned to check if they are safe and certified. He also said that he wished he had been informed of the dangers of staring into a solar eclipse back when it could've actually helped him. So please: if you're going to look up at the sky toward the solar eclipse, take safety seriously.

If you'll watch the eclipse outside the path of totality -which is about 70 miles wide and goes from OR to South Carolina-is necessary to use protection at all times. "The first thing they say is, 'You looked at a solar eclipse sometime in your life, '" he said.

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