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Man who injured eye during partial eclipse in '60s warns others of dangers

Louis Tomososki said he was watching a partial eclipse decades ago when the sun burned his retina. (SBG photo)  

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland man is warning others of the dangers of looking at the sun during a solar eclipse after he damaged his eye in the 1960s.

Louis Tomososki said he was watching a partial eclipse decades ago when he lost some of his eyesight.

“We came out those doors right there because the science teacher said there was an eclipse of the sun,” Tomososki said as he pointed to the old Marshall High School.

Tomosoki said it only took about 20 seconds of looking at the sun to cause damage.

The sun burned his right retina and he didn’t realize it at the time.

The injury never healed.

“Left eye's 20/20 - both eyes open, 20/20. And I forget what the other eye is. It's way down on the charts,” Tomosoki said.

He said objects six feet away become blurs.

Although his sight isn’t perfect, he said he’s lucky he didn’t go blind.

He hopes his injury encourages others to protect their eyes during the eclipse.

Anyone with certified glasses should keep them on while looking toward the sun.

Experts say it’s only safe to take them off if you’re in the path of totality and only for the brief time the sun is completely covered by the moon.

Even if the sun is 99 percent obscured, like in Portland, viewers need to keep the glasses on at all times.

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