A man who had his eyes damaged some 55 years ago while staring at a partial eclipse that occurred then, issues out the warning to other about the dangers of looking at the sun without any form of protection.

Lou Tomososki was walking home with a friend Roger Duval in 1962 from Marshall High School in Bend, Oregon, when they stopped to observe the partial eclipse in the sky. Though they looked at the sky without any protection for some seconds, it appears that the damage Tomososki encountered will stay with him forever.

The effect

According to Today, Tomososki experienced flashes in his vision. These flashes were more like that of the spots from a flashbulb. Now 70, Tomososki has suffered problems with his visions, and is warning people that would like to watch the Great American Eclipse on the 21st of August to put on eye protection while looking at the sky.

Speaking to KGW, Tomososki said that the eclipse would be quick, but it’s not worth risking your vision. He was told that he had damaged his right eye’s retina during the eclipse watch, causing a partial blind spot, and his vision failed to improve.

Tomososki said that his vision seems to be constant as it doesn’t get any better or worse. He compared his vision with that of a blurred license plate by the press; he added that he has that of around a pea size and can’t see around that.

Tomososki said he wished he learnt more about the dangers of watching the sun during an eclipse. However, he hopes that others will heed to his advice to wear protection while looking at the sky during the coming eclipse.

Speaking to Today, he hinted that millions of persons would be watching the sun, but he’s worried about those that will suffer the visual effects with time.

Rays can still cause damage even with protection

Doctors propose even with protection, watching the sky especially during an eclipse can damage the eyes. Speaking to FOX5, Dr. G. Baker Hubbard of the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta said though the moon may obstruct the sun, making it not very bright and less painful to look at it, the human eyes can still get damaged by the rays that get into the eyes and damage the retina.

Tomososki hinted that he’d be outside during the eclipse on August 21, but will not look skyward.