Question by  elsewhen (627)

Does looking at a solar eclipse make you blind?

Or is this just a myth?


Answer by  righteousnous (125)

The retina can be damaged by looking directly at a solar eclipse. The heat, due to solar radiation passing through the lens of the eye is what causes the damage.


Answer by  John (9008)

Does looking at a solar eclipse make you blind? The answer is maybe. By looking directly an an eclipse, you are exposing your eyes to just as much radiation as if you look at the sun during normal times. This is very bad for your eyes. Over time, it can cause blindness.


Answer by  Cruentare (20)

It can make you blind because you are still staring at the sun. Taking a glimpse will not hurt a person long term. However, most solar eclipses don't last just a moment. If you plan to look at the sun, wear protection.


Answer by  somerset (801)

When I was in elementary school we were warned by our teacher NOT to look into the sun without any eye protection. Actually what we did is we looked at the eclipse through smoked glass. Maybe primitive, but no harm was done to anybodies eyes.

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