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"'Un-Eclipsing' Solar Harm"

  • The Ophthalmologist
  • New York, NY
  • (January 18, 2018)

August 21, 2017, marked the first total solar eclipse since February 26, 1979, to be visible anywhere in the United States. But despite a comprehensive campaign advising people to take precautions to protect their eyes when viewing the eclipse, inevitable, some didn't. One such casualty presented at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai three days after directly viewing the eclipse. The patient had viewed the solar rim for around six seconds on several occasions without using eclipse glasses. Realizing that the patient was exhibiting classic signs of solar retinopathy, the team involved in her care decided to find out more about the pathology of this rare condition, publishing what they found in JAMA Ophthalmology.

- Avnish Deobhakta, MD, Assistant Professor, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Ophthalmology, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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