As millions of Americans prepare to look toward the sun on Monday for a solar eclipse, one OR man's plight is a reminder to use proper safety precautions. He closed his left eye and viewed it with his right eye for about 20 seconds.
According to Today, Tomososki began to see flashes in his vision, similar to the spots that occur when a picture is taken with a flashbulb.
Even Tomososki's eye doctors can tell the solar eclipse caused damage to his eye. He is unable to read properly with his right eye.
As you know, on Monday, August 21, we will be able to see an unbelievable sight in the afternoon...a total or partial eclipse of the sun!
"Millions of people out there are going to be looking out at it..."
Brandon Lujan, an assistant professor of Opthamology in OR, told Fox 12 that damage can become apparent immediately after looking at the sun OR after a delay of a few hours to a few days.
Louis Tomososki (middle) was left partially blind in one eye after gazing up at a solar eclipse in OR decades ago. Tomososki simply looked up at the sky with his naked eyes. As a result, patients with solar retinopathy may have blurry vision or a central blind point in their eyes, according to the AAO.
Long and short term exposure can cause things like light sensitivity, eye pain, or vision loss in one or both eyes.
"It looks like someone took a hole punch and just punched out the photoreceptive cells in the retina", Van Gelder said.
LSU Health New Orleans retina specialist Maria Reins says to look at the eclipse with your eyes, make sure you wear glasses that are IPSO 12312-2 certified because regular sunglasses arena'th enough. Nhung H. Brandenburg, president of the Georgia Optometric Association, about how to view the eclipse safely.
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