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Solar eclipse: Warning to protect eyes ahead of Friday's phenomenon - Magic Blackout Blind

While it may be tempting to brush off warnings against looking up at this eclipse bare-eyed, local opticians are urging people to take due care as the light from an eclipse can damage your eyes causing solar retinopathy.

This damage is often painless, so people don’t realise what they’re doing to their vision.
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"It is vital that you protect your eyes as the Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas, leading to permanent damage or even blindness. This can occur even if your eyes are exposed to direct sunlight for just a few seconds.
"You should never, under any circumstances, look directly at the Sun without the appropriate protective eyewear.
"Observations from the last solar eclipse in 1999, highlighted a surge in patients with possible solar retinopathy after viewing the eclipse, so without dramatising the dangers, we are asking the general public to be aware and stay safe."

The only way to view eclipse safely is to project or filter the sun’s rays. This can be done through eclipse glasses or welder’s googles, experts say.

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