Man shares warning after being partially blinded by 1962 eclipse

BILLINGS, Mont. (KULR) – EMT and ambulance volunteer, Gard Ferguson, is concerned he may have to help someone Monday, who made the same mistake he did, as a child.

Ferguson suffered permanent partial blindness when he glanced at an eclipse in 1963.

“And I remember my older brother saying, hey, let’s take a look. And we went out and looked up,” said Ferguson.

Optometrist Carl Cottrell says the sun’s UV rays are incredibly strong and can cause irreversible damage to the eye.

“So, it’s called Solar Maculopathy, it’s a very severe thing because it causes permanent damage,” said Dr. Cottrell.

Cottrell also says that he is already seeing blindness in school children who get dared to look at the sun.

UV rays can burn the retina and cause cells to never grow back.

Those who want to witness the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 are encouraged to use certified safety glasses.

Public officials have been reiterating a simple, but important message — “Don’t look up at the sun.”

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