CAN LOOKING DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN HURT MY EYES?
Solar retinopathy, or short-term damage to the eyes, occurs when too much ultra-violet light has penetrated the retina when a person has stared at the sun for several minutes. Although it is difficult to quantify the length of time it takes for damage to occur due to variants, it is estimated that in clear conditions, this damage can occur in approximately 100 seconds or just over 1 ½ minutes. Wearing sunglasses in this instance will not protect the eyes because the sunglasses will allow the person to stare at the sun more comfortably as well as dilate the pupils, allowing more UV lights to negatively effect the retina. The only way to prevent these short-term effects is to not look directly into the sun. In extreme cases, this can cause blindness. However, one would have to stare at the sun for a significantly longer period of time which would be excruciatingly painful and difficult to maintain the stare. Although a rare occurrence, it can and has happened.
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