The much anticipated solar eclipse is just a few days away. With all the excitement also comes the warning for possible eye damage.
While millions of people are excited to watch this rare occurrence, one man is warning people to be careful. Lou Tomososki knows firsthand just how dangerous the upcoming eclipse could be to unprotected eyes.
In 1962, Tomososki was walking home from high school with a friend in Bend, Oregon while a partial solar eclipse was taking place. While the two were walking they stopped to look up at the sun to check it out. After only looking at the eclipse with his naked eye for a few seconds, the damage to his vision from the sun's powerful rays has lasted the rest of his life.
“It doesn’t get any worse and it doesn’t get any better,” he said. “You know how the news people blur a license plate out? That’s what I have on the right eye, about the size of a pea, I can’t see around that.”
In an interview with “Today,” Tomososki said while he was watching the eclipse, he noticed flashes of light in his vision. Those flashes are what led to his permanent damage.
Many people may think looking at the sun during an eclipse is not dangerous, however, the sun’s rays are still just as powerful and can lead to damage after looking right at it.
Tomososki wants to warn every one of the potential dangers of looking directly at the sun with out any vision protection during the eclipse. He want’s others to learn from the mistake he made many years ago, saying it is not even worth taking a chance at impairing one's vision to view the eclipse for a short time.
Tomososki has said that he will be outside the day of the eclipse, however, he will not be looking toward the sun. “I’m going to go out and enjoy it, but I’ll stand and watch it get dark,” he said.
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