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Man Who Burned Retina During 1962 Eclipse Warns Others of Viewing Dangers

Man Who Burned Retina During 1962 Eclipse Warns Others of Viewing Dangers

With Monday's total solar eclipse on the horizon, he wants you to remember that even a quick look at the sun with the naked eye just isn't worth it.

Lou Tomososki was a high school teen in 1962 when his science teacher told the class about a solar eclipse that was going to take place that afternoon, NBC affiliate KGW reported.

It's nearly time for the Northern Hemisphere to watch the skies go dark and see the solar eclipse unfold on August 21. "He got the left eye and I got the right eye".

"Millions of people out there are going to be looking out at it ..."

According to KGW, Tomososki says he will be outside on August 21, but he won't be looking skyward. This damage occurs because your eye's lens focuses the sun's rays on a single point at the back of the eye.

Tomososki told KPTV that the solar eclipse caused him to have a hole in his retina leaving him with a sizable blind spot.

"You can burn out your camera in the cell phone just like your retina", he said.

According to Tomososki, he and his friend looked at the solar eclipse for merely 20 seconds.

"When you partially obscure the sun with the moon, it's not so bright, and it's not so painful to actually look at it", Dr. G. Baker Hubbard of the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta told FOX5.

"Every time we go to an eye doctor now for an exam, they dilate your eyes and look in there, the first thing they say is, you looked at a solar eclipse sometime in your life", he said.

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.

Now, at 70, he says he and his friend both still have vision problems to this day.

However, after looking at the eclipse without proper eclipse glasses for a few seconds, both experienced seeing flashes of light much like what one would see when a photograph is taken. Our sister site Space.com has a complete guide for how to view an eclipse safely.

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