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View Poll Results: Did you peek at the sun during the eclipse without proper eye protection?
Yes, I peeked at the sun without proper protection. 24 45.28%
No, I didn't peek despite the temptation to do so. 29 54.72%
Voters: 53. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-21-2017, 09:13 PM
 
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In the run-up to the eclipse, did anyone hear or read a warning that even a quarter of a second exposure to direct sunlight can permanently damage the retina?

<<Smith warns even a quick glance at the eclipse could have been enough to cause damage. "Anything greater than a quarter of a second — that's where the damage begins...."


Depending on the duration of the exposure the consequences could be permanent.
"There will be an initial damage that will resolve somewhat, but you will always have that scar."


Smith notes the long-term consequences also include macular degeneration and cataracts, which can cause further loss of vision later in life.>>


Did you peek? Eclipse eye damage could be permanent, warns expert - British Columbia - CBC News


A quarter second?


I wonder if people should play baseball or tennis during a bright day, or sun bathe, etc.

If this warning is accurate, persons (especially children) should be made more aware of this danger repeatedly, and not just during eclipses. Suddenly schools that closed because they didn't feel confident that they could monitor the actions of their students don't seem so ridiculous.

Although everybody was repeatedly warned not to look at the sun, I never heard any warnings about the risk of even a quarter second exposure. I'm certain many persons took a peek thinking that they've often looked many times at the sun in their lifetimes for a short period.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:31 PM
 
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I did not peek at sun without protection
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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I had eye protection, but I also peaked, of course it was also foggy outside, so most of the light was deflected away. However I think this eye damage is over hyped, I've glanced at the sun all my life and I'm still not blind. There have been times when I had to drive up a long hill during sunset for several minutes with no sun glasses and the sun glaring into my eyes like laser beams, and my eyes are still intact.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I tried to take a cellphone photo without protection, but I don't know if that counts. I guess I was exposed doing this so I am guilty or not! I guess I will find out within a couple of days...
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Little Rock, AR
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Of course I peaked. No eye damage here
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Miss Jankins (Say nothing bad).
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No one who really peeked, is posting here.
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:03 AM
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Location: Somewhere.
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I couldn't even find the sun since it rained all morning into the early afternoon. But I would not have peeked. I actually did look at an eclipse back when I was 17 for a second or two because my stupid bratty brother told me "Don't worry, it's ok to look." So all my life i have a burned spot on my eye from that.
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Ft Myers, FL
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In this case the five second rule DOES NOT apply!
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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It was cloudy as hell so yes.
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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Not sure if I should be surprised or not that more than half the people on here decided to stare directly into the sun without protection...
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