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The Unseen Impact of Solar Eclipse: Eye Protection

A solar eclipse is a celestial event that occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth align in such a way that the moon blocks out the sunlight and casts a shadow on Earth. This natural phenomenon can be observed from anywhere on the Earth where the sky is clear.

There are two types of solar eclipses: Total solar eclipses and annular solar eclipses. In 2024, we will have the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse!

During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely covers the sun's disk, casting a shadow on Earth's surface. This blackout can last up to a few minutes, depending on the location on Earth. The total solar eclipse is an amazing experience, as the darkness becomes almost total, and the sky becomes filled with an eerie glow.

Eleven years after an Irish woman looked at the sun during an eclipse, an examination showed persistent damage within her eyes. Credit: Galway University Hospital

It is important to take proper precautions to protect your eyes during a solar eclipse. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can cause serious damage to your eyes.

Failure to protect your eyes during a solar eclipse can lead to long-term damage, such as solar retinopathy, which is caused by the intense ultraviolet rays that can burn the retinas.

Proper eye protection, such as certified solar eclipse glasses, should always be used to prevent eye injury and ensure a safe viewing experience.

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