Man visually impaired by eclipse warns others of viewing solar event

Man visually impaired by eclipse warns others of viewing solar event

As millions of Americans prepare to look toward the sun on Monday for a solar eclipse, one OR man's plight is a reminder to use proper safety precautions.

Louis Tomososki, who is now 70, said he was 16 when he watched a partial solar eclipse without any eye protection from his high-school baseball field in Portland, Oregon, according to Fox affiliate KPTV. A man whose retina was burned at the 1962 eclipse warns of the risks 55 years after his own experience with eclipse-related eye damage. By the time he and his friend were walking home, both had noticed blurry spots in their vision. Now in his 70s, he's still suffering the effects: He is partially blind in his right eye.

"We were just doing it for a short time", he said.

Tomososki and a friend believed that if they stared at the sun long enough to view the eclipse, the brightness would go away. He did his fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and the Duke Eye Center.

Tomososki has been sharing his story because he worries people will look directly at the sun on Monday during the Great American Eclipse.

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

"Millions of people out there are going to be looking out at it..." The blind spot, he says, is about the size of a pea.

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

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"The first thing they say is, 'You looked at a solar eclipse sometime in your life, '" he said.

"A quick look like we did back in 1963, and I'm 71, nearly 71 now, that quick look cost us", Tomososki said. "There are serious risks associated with viewing a solar eclipse directly, even when using solar filter glasses", OH optometrist Michael Schecter said on Facebook.