Looking directly at the sun during the eclipse can damage your eyes

Jim Hanzo
August 21, 2017 - 7:34 am

The solar eclipse happens today and many people will be wanting to catch that view of the moon moving in front of the sun, but doctors warn, you absolutely, should not stare at the sun without eclipse glasses.  Damage could be done  

"Staring directly at the sun as the moon passes over it damages your retina, and the retina is the light sensitive tissue that lines the back of your eye," said Dr. Lisa Dang, Ophthalmologist at LSU Heath, New Orleans.      

Dr. Dang, says imagine magnifying glass trick we did when we were kids, using the sun to burn things on the ground.  

"Essentially your eye acts as the magnifier and the sun's intense rays will injure your retina," she added.     

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Dr. Dang says that could cause in some cases irreversible vision loss.  One easy way to view the eclipse is what is known as pinhole projection. 

"Use two pieces of cardboard, pierce a small hole through one, using the hole to project the sunlight on to the second paper, and you will see a crescent shaped image of the eclipse as it occurs," said Dr. Dang.  

She says there are even some filters for viewing devices like binoculars or telescopes, if you don't have the glasses.

"Of course, if you don't have the filter for the binoculars or telescopes, you should not look through it, because that will immediately burn your eyes," Lang said.  

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