Man With Eye Damage From 1962 Eclipse Warns Others To Be Careful

Warby Parker employee Karolyna Landin poses with a pair of solar eclipse glasses that the eyeglass store is giving out for free on Aug. 11 2017 in New York City. To view the upcoming total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 eye protection is essential. (Spencer P
Gazing at 1963 eclipse for just 20 seconds partially blinded Oregon man
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19 August, 2017

"He got the left eye and I got the right eye", said Tomososki, now 71-years of age.

"I am just so concerned that somebody isn't going to listen", he said.

Only at locations within the 70-mile swath can the eclipse be viewed, during its totality, with the naked eye.

When watching the eclipse with special, protective glasses, Suh recommended viewing for one minute, looking away for 15 seconds or so and then repeating the pattern.

What Tomososki experienced is called solar retinopathy - damage caused to the retina from looking at the sun.

In the 54 years since that eclipse, he said the blind spot hasn't gotten any worse or any better.

"There's no sign that your eye is being damaged", he told Inside Edition.

REMEMBER: Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness.

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But the moon will not fully rise until around 11pm on Sunday, giving viewers plenty of time to observe the dark skies. Instead, bring along a blanket or a lawn chair, so you can sit or lie down, and look straight up in to the night sky.

"Some damage occurs pretty quickly, but a lot of damage can take hours to days to really come to bear", Lujan said.

"Unfortunately there's not a treatment for it", he said.

The damage occurs in the fovea, a spot in the retina that is responsible for sharp, central vision.

"Anyone who stares at the sun can get this blind spot", Dr. Russell N. Van Gelder, a professor of ophthalmology at University of Washington School of Medicine and clinical spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, told TODAY.

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

A total solar eclipse is slated to happen on Monday, as the Moon will cross in front of the Sun, blotting out the light from our favorite star for a couple of minutes along a 70-mile-wide swath of the US that runs from OR to SC.

As for Tomososki, he says he's excited about the upcoming eclipse on August 21, but this time, he's not going to be looking at the sky. You can also watch it live on WSVN, beginning at 1 p.m. Van Gelder told TODAY when the disc of the moon covers the sun and corona of the sun is visible, it is safe to look at it.

Back in 1962, people, including Tomososki and Duval were advised by a science teacher to use pinhole cardboard to view the eclipse. It's important to highlight the same thing can happen to cameras, so if you plan to snap some photos of the solar eclipse, put the glasses on the lens.


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