Staring directly at a solar eclipse can cause solar retinopathy

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Staring directly at the sun during the Great American Eclipse on August 21 may cause solar retinopathy, according to doctors.

USA (Next Media) – Staring directly at the sun during the Great American Eclipse on August 21 may cause solar retinopathy, according to doctors.

Symptoms of solar retinopathy include loss of visual sharpness, blind spots, changes in color vision, or distortion when looking at straight lines or grids.

Heating of the retina by one or two degrees is enough to damage retinal cells, which can occur within 30 to 60 seconds of staring at an eclipse, doctors told the Chicago Tribune.

Doctors advise anyone watching the eclipse to use eclipse glasses or the pinhole box method.


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