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Dangers of the Solar Eclipse on Our Eyes

Posted: 08/17/2017 18:52:00 -04:00 Updated:
Rays from the Solar Eclipse can burn the retina of your eye. (WBOC PHOTO) Rays from the Solar Eclipse can burn the retina of your eye. (WBOC PHOTO)

SALISBURY, Md.- If you plan on watching Monday's solar eclipse, but have yet to purchase your certified safety glasses, you might want to rush to the store. Eye specialists are warning of the serious issues that could result if these warning are taken lightly, issues that are irreversible. 

On a sunny day you're not likely to stare at the sun, chances are, it'll hurt and you'll look away.

But according to Dr. Raymond J. Clifford, an ophthalmologist at Peninsula Eye Center in Salisbury, looking at Monday's eclipse won't make you uncomfortable, and that's where the danger lies.

"With a solar eclipse, it'll be a lot more comfortable to look at the sun because about 80% of it will be blocked the maximum time. But if you're comfortable looking at the sun, the harmful rays are going to damage your eyes significantly," said Clifford. 

The way it works is, the rays can burn the retina of your eye and if you allow this to happen, this is what you can expect. 

"It'll cause loss of vision, it can cause blind spots in your vision, and it can cause your vision to be warped as well," he said.

And the scariest part is, it can happen in the blink of an eye.

"The damage that can happen to your eyes occurs in moments, it doesn't take a long time to induce permanent vision changes," he said.

The good news is, the certified eclipse glasses are fairly cheap.

People like Shawn Rolin are happy about this and he says he won't miss it.

"This comes around once in a lifetime - $3 - that's worth it," said Rolin.

If you find yourself driving during the eclipse, doctors have some advice for you.

They recommend you not look in the direction of the eclipse, they also stress that you don't wear the protective glasses while driving as this can be dangerous as well. 

Keep in mind that plenty of vendors - particularly online - are selling fake solar eclipse glasses claiming they'll protect your eyes.

Click here for a full list of legitimate places to purchase real eclipse glasses.

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