Don't look up until you know potential dangers of solar eclipse

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Lost in the excitement leading up to Monday's solar eclipse is a basic reminder: Don't view the phenomenon without proper eye protection. The next morning, Tomososki still had a blind spot in his right eye.

"I can tell you, if you look at the sun, even with a partial eclipse, the sun rays are so powerful even in two seconds you can actually cause possible permanent damage", said Doctor Faruk Orge, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

In an interview, Tomososki advises people to not look directly at the sun during the upcoming total solar eclipse, and to just enjoy the sudden darkness in the middle of the day.

Special solar-viewing glasses, which are much darker than regular sunglasses, are needed to avoid serious eye damage in areas where there is less than 100 percent coverage of the sun.

In the 54 years since that eclipse, he said the blind spot hasn't gotten any worse or any better.

Dr. Brandon Lujan of the Casey Eye Institute in OR tells KGW that looking at the solar eclipse for "even an instant" can damage the eyes.

"I am just so concerned that somebody isn't going to listen", he said.

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"Why would you a take chance with your eyes?" he said. The real cause for concern is damage to the back of your eye, or retina. "Unfortunately there's not a treatment for it, so once that damage is done you have to wait and hopefully things improve and your body can heal some, but a lot of the damage can be permanent".

With Monday's total solar eclipse on the horizon, he wants you to remember that even a quick look at the sun with the naked eye just isn't worth it.

Image credit: Maurice FitzGerald / Flickr " Some damage occurs pretty quickly, but a lot of damage can take hours to days to really come to bear", Lujan told KPTV.

"We both got burned at the same time", Tomososki told TODAY. In fact, even those who have already bought their eclipse glasses are still warned to check if they are safe and certified.

According to Inside Edition, Tomososki was only a teen during an eclipse in the 1960s.

"When the disc of the moon has completely blocked out the sun and the corona of the sun is visible, it is safe to look at the corona", Van Gelder said.

Tomososki has been sharing his story because he worries people will look directly at the sun on Monday during the Great American Eclipse.

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