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Solar eclipse eye safety concernsSubmitted: 08/17/2017
Natalie Cardona
Natalie Cardona
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Solar eclipse eye safety concerns
NORTHWOODS - Next Monday's solar eclipse will look fascinating, but it can damage your eyes for a lifetime.

It's never safe to look directly at the sun's rays, even though there will be a partial eclipse here in the Northwoods.

Regular sunglasses won't protect you, so if you plan to view the solar eclipse you need special solar eclipse sunglasses.

Those glasses are one size fits all, so it's important to check they are snug on your child's head, too.


Kids are curious, and may want to fixate on the crescent beam of light.

"We know children are going to want to peek over the top and in just 20 to 30 seconds they could be doing damage to their eye, " says Dr. Jill Redman.

The solar eclipse light is not as intense as regular sunlight.

You won't actually feel the damage being done until the next day because the reflex to turn away won't be there.

"Missing blurry vision and central vision. Afterwards you could have light sensitivity. You could also have watering eyes. But some of the damage with maculopathy can be permanent," says Dr. Ben Redman.

Dr. Ben says if you don't have those special solar glasses, the safest option is to avoid it entirely and watch online.

When in doubt, call your eye doctor.

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