Solar eclipse brings risk to eyesight

Midlothian residents are being warned of dangers at looking at the Sun

Midlothian residents are being warned of dangers at looking at the Sun

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Weather permitting, Midlothian residents will be treated to a partial solar eclipse on Friday.

But locals have been warned that looking directly at the eclipse, even while wearing shades, could be catastrophic.

According to optician Tony Giordano, based at Peter Brooks optometrist in Dalkeith, the event puts the entire country at risk of eye damage due to the temptation for people to stare at the sun.

He told the Advertiser: “It’s possible that looking directly at the sun could cause solar retinopathy, which occurs when light burns the central part of the retina. This would result in the permanent loss of the middle of your vision. The only safe way to view the eclipse is to face away from it and look onto a white A4 sized piece of paper.”

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