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See What Will Happen To Your Eye If You Look Directly at the Sun During Solar Eclipse by Noblex: 4:55 pm On Aug 21, 2017
See what will happen if you look directly at the sun during the solar eclipse
Eye doctor explains what will happen if you look directly at the sun during the solar eclipse.
Dr. Jacob Chung, Chief of Opthalmology at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, answered our burning (ahem) questions about what'll happen if you just can't help but take a peek — sans ISO-approved glasses — during the big event.
If you look at it for a second or two, nothing will happen. Five seconds, I'm not sure, but 10 seconds is probably too long and 20 seconds is definitely too long. The retina can't heal itself, so the blind spot is permanent and cannot be treated, but definitely, go see a doctor to make sure it's the right diagnosis.
If you're in that 70-mile swath where you'll be able to see the total eclipse you have about a two-minute window where the sun is 100 percent eclipsed. Because we have a partial eclipse, there is a zero-second window where it's safe to look at the sun directly. It's more dangerous during the eclipse is because you don't feel much discomfort, yet your eyes are receiving all the harm. It's similar to getting sunburned on a cloudy day.
The best alternative is to visualize it from an indirect method. Put your phone camera on selfie mode, then turn your back to the sun and see the eclipse that way.
Or, take two pieces of cardboard or paper. Cut a hole in one and again, turn your back to the sun and hold it up against the second one. The sun will cast its rays through the pinhole, [creating a projection on the second piece of cardboard/paper].
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