You have probably heard about the total solar eclipse occurring this Monday evening. A total solar eclipse happens when the moon moves directly in front of the sun creating a bright halo shape of the sun.
As we’re all excited about this rare and exciting event, we want you to be aware of how to avoid a serious complication referred to as solar retinopathy. This occurs when the sun’s bright light floods the retina at the back of the eye. Over-exposure to UV rays damages the exposed tissue including the rods and cones, creating a permanent blind spot. Other potential effects of solar retinopathy include color and visual distortion and light sensitivity.
Remember, looking at the solar eclipse can be just as damaging as looking into the sun, so be careful, and do your homework before planning to view. If you want to take a glimpse of this rare solar eclipse, visit the American Optometric Association’s site for viewing recommendations.
We hope this helps you stay healthy and well informed. Stay tuned for more updates as we approach our practice’s opening!