Fake safety glasses left woman with permanent eye damage during 2017 solar eclipse, doctor says

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The young woman's vision was 20/20 in the right eye and 20/25 in the left before the eclipse. Within four hours of looking at the sun, she said her vision was blurry and distorted in both eyes, and the only color she could see was black.

Glimpsing the solar eclipse for just 20 seconds caused permanent eye damage to one New Yorker during the last total solar eclipse in 2017, and she thought she was wearing safety glasses.A doctor looked closer at the rare condition called solar retinopathy with photochemical burns. The condition has no known treatment.

Even without looking at the sun, just being exposed to the light, especially to the blue and ultraviolet portions, can cause eye disease that can lead to blindness. "Children are especially at risk, as young eyes transmit more light through to the retina than adult eyes," warns the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency online. "This makes children’s eyes more susceptible to damage from intense light.


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