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Can you really go blind staring at an eclipse? Tips for safe viewing

CNN reports that “looking at the sun with” the “naked eye” during the upcoming Aug. 21 total solar eclipse could result in blindness from damage to the retina. AOA President Dr, Quinn explained, “When you look directly at the sun, the intensity of the light and the focus of the light is so great on the retina that it can cook it.” Dr. Quinn added, “If the exposure is great enough, that can and will lead to permanent reduction in vision and even blindness.” According to CNN, “the only time you can look at the sun with your naked eye is A) if you’re in the path of totality, where the sun will be completely covered by the moon, and B) during those two minutes or less when the sun is completely covered.” Otherwise, eclipse viewers are cautioned to wear eclipse glasses or use a Shade 13 welding filter. Read more here.

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