Looking at Monday's eclipse directly could damage your vision

Eloi Lecerf
Agosto 19, 2017

Doctors say even looking at the sun for a few minutes for human could lead to temporary or permanent vision-loss, called solar retinopathy.

We are less than three days away from the first total solar eclipse to pass through the United States in 38 years.

Staring directly at Monday's eclipse without the proper eye protection will harm your eyes.

You got eclipse glasses for yourself. "But you can overcome this common sense when the sun becomes interesting, so people will stare at the sun".

University of IL veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Bianca Martins agreed, saying there's no need to consider eye protection for pets.

"Just be on the safe side", says Pompelia.

"Dogs and cats can get anxious around a big crowd and frightened by loud noises, so it is actually better to avoid bringing them to such areas", Martins said.

It will happen Monday from approximately 1 p.m. until just after 4 p.m
It will happen Monday from approximately 1 p.m. until just after 4 p.m

Dogs are more likely to react to an atmospheric change, such as air pressure changes they associate with thunderstorms, she said. I don't want them to get into trouble.

Dr. Kent Davis, a veterinarian at Animal Hospital at the Crossing, concurred that pets don't generally look at the sun and are unlikely to do that during an eclipse. "I would recommend that the safest thing is to keep them indoors", Dr. Tribby said.

According to NASA, the last total solar eclipse was in 1979.

"The most animals affected are animals that normally see light in the dark".

When the sun completely blinks out, the safety glasses can come off so that you can enjoy the view of the sun's otherworldly corona and the eerie daytime darkness.

"Animal observations have been made with previous eclipses that many animals will act in typical nighttime behavior when the total eclipse is occurring, such as preparing for the end of the day, but this has not been an observation in companion animals", she said.

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