St. Louis doctor busts myths on viewing the solar eclipse -

St. Louis doctor busts myths on viewing the solar eclipse

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Dr. Jason Brinton, of Brinton Vision, told News 4 he often hears three reasons people don't have to wear safety glasses while watching a total sonar eclipse. 

One? Any pair of dark shades will work. Two? A quick look won't do much harm. Three? If there is a problem, it won't last long. Dr. Brinton highly suggests, if you've heard or said any of those, think again!
"All of that is not true. That is absolutely the case," said Dr. Brinton. 

The case Dr. Brinton wants to present to eclipse watchers is the potential danger.

"This part of their retina is essentially cooked," Dr. Brinton said as he showed a video of an eye. "People look directly at it and it hurts the most valuable part of their vision."
The once in a lifetime opportunity offers a chance to pick-up an unwanted souvenir. 

 "In the form of a blind spot, which usually looks like a dark spot in the center of the vision," added Dr. Brinton. 

Dr. Brinton, with Brinton Vision, knows the eye injury can affect color vision, the ability to drive, see crisp and sharp images and the ability to recognize faces.

News 4 has recommended, for weeks to everyone hoping to watch the total solar eclipse, wearing proper safety glasses is the way to go. 

No matter how long the eclipse lasts, in whatever viewing spot, the ophthalmologist warns it takes only a few seconds to damage the eye.

"That happens when when the harmful rays, of the sun, are absorbed which is essentially the film in the eye," added Dr. Brinton. 

Dr. Brinton told News 4 about one of his patients who watched an eclipse without glasses when he was 12 years old.  

 "If he is reading, he can see the first and last letter of a word, but not the middle letters of the word. If he is looking at a face, with the damaged eye, he can see the outer part of the face. He can't see the center of the facial features," added Dr. Brinton. 

Dr. Jason Brinton stresses eye safety, but wants people to know the eclipse is nothing to fear. The doctor says the eclipse is beautiful, should be experienced by people of all ages, but everyone should be educated. 

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