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Eyes and the Eclipse

In August, the Great American Eclipse occurred. It was the first solar eclipse to cover the entire contiguous United States in close to 100 years.

As such it was an exciting event and people naturally wanted to look up at the sky and see what a solar eclipse looked like.

Ophthalmologists everywhere warned of the dangers of doing so – I myself did so here, here, here, and here.

Now comes the story that a women has suffered significant eye damage due to looking at the eclipse for only 6 seconds!

Hope that she will be ok.

This unfortunate story reinforces how critical it is to do everything we can to look after our eyesight. Not every event is an eclipse with ophthalmologists warning people in advance. Rather the person can rely only on their common sense to make a good decision and not do something to damage their vision.