Man who experienced permanent blindness following eclipse is warning others

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(KULR/NBC) - 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 the early sixties.

"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 U-V 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.

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