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Staring at eclipse may cause solar retinopathy

08:00 EDT 10 Aug 2017 | Healio

Remember when you were a kid and you used a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun’s energy to burn paper? Solar retinopathy is like that except it is the fovea that is getting burned, according to one expert.“Solar retinopathy occurs when a person looks at the sun for a prolonged period of time, with the light rays focused on the macula,” Sunir J. Garg, MD, told Healio.com/OSN of the effects of sun gazing. “That causes light-related damage to the photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium.”

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