Events // Featured News // Patient Care // Retina // University of Wisconsin - Madison // UW Health // Aug 04 2017
As the solar eclipse quickly approaches on Monday, August 21, 2017, our ophthalmologists want to ensure that everyone views this exciting event safely. Whether you are viewing it in Madison, Wisconsin or along the path of totality, looking directly at the sun can result in permanent eye injury and loss of vision. This damage can happen within seconds and occurs because the sun essentially burns your retina (the nerve-rich tissue at the back of the eye that is responsible for central vision), resulting in irreversible damage.
“Imagine reading the word, ‘C-A-T,’ but the ‘A’ is always missing – this is a very basic example of what it is like to lose your central vision.”
-kimberly stepien, MD (RETINA SPECIALIST) AT UW HEALTH
We, here at the UW Health and UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, want to ensure this does not happen to you, or your loved ones. Keep reading to learn the do’s and don’ts for experiencing any solar eclipse:
Watch the NASA live-stream of the hours-long event, or catch the excitement for 2 minutes and 40 seconds as the sun and moon meet over American skies