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Will looking directly into the sun damage my eyes?

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Looking at the sun may not only give you a headache and distort your vision temporarily, but it can also cause permanent damage to your retina, the back of your eye. The effects of ultraviolet radiation on your eyes builds over time. UV exposure has been linked to eye disorders such as macular degeneration, solar retinitis, and corneal dystrophies. The most dangerous time for sun-gazing is during a solar eclipse. The brightness of the sun is hidden, but the dangerous invisible rays that burn your eyes are in full force.

SOURCES:

Yanoff, M; Duker, J. Ophthalmology, Mosby, 2008.

Prevent Blindness America: "Common Eye Myths."

MedlinePlus: "Vision Problems."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Yanoff, M; Duker, J. Ophthalmology, Mosby, 2008.

Prevent Blindness America: "Common Eye Myths."

MedlinePlus: "Vision Problems."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 7, 2019

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