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8/9/2017

HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals warn against viewing solar eclipse without proper eye protection


Watching the upcoming solar eclipse will be on the docket for many on August 21, but Dr. Erik Dickson, a board-certified family medicine physician and chief physician executive for HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals, says caution must be taken.

“You shouldn’t look at a solar eclipse without having complete eye protection,” says Dickson. According to Dickson, looking directly at the solar eclipse can damage a viewer’s retinas in as little as 100 seconds. “Doing so is very painful and, in extreme cases, can cause blindness.”

Not surprisingly, regular sunglasses won’t cut it. And Dickson warns that some manufactures are marketing their glasses as safe for viewing the solar eclipse, but actually aren’t safe.

To be safe, the American Astronomical Society has posted an online list of reputable vendors and retailers, and Dickson recommends that people look at this list before buying a pair of potentially bogus eclipse shades.

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