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Direct vision of eclipse not advisable

CITY OPTHALMOLOGISTS have advised people to completely refrain from looking directly at the sun during solar eclipse on March 29, as that could cause irreparable damage to the retina.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 14:28 IST

CITY OPTHALMOLOGISTS have advised people to completely refrain from looking directly at the sun during solar eclipse on March 29, as that could cause irreparable damage to the retina.

Eye Specialist Dr Sunil Sahani told the Hindustan Times today that prevention is the only cure in this case. “There is no cure for the damage caused to macula (central part of retina) from direct exposure to the infra-red rays released during the solar eclipse,’’ Dr Sahani pointed out.

He informed macula is the part of retina that has the maximum vision and it could be damaged through direct exposure. He added very bright sunlight falls directly on the retina causing swelling and the macula gets burnt.

He emphasized that extra caution should be taken by youngsters and children. “The younger people have very clear retinas and that is a greater disadvantage as far as the level of exposure is concerned,’’ Dr Sahani maintained.

Only if glasses that protected the eyes from infra-red rays were available, the viewer could observe the solar eclipse through them,”

Dr Sahani said. “The solar eclipse should never be viewed through any kind of telescope, x-ray film or any other protective medium that does not have a credibility,’’ he stressed.

Partial Solar eclipse today
PARTIAL SOLAR eclipse would be visible over the city between 4.48 pm and 5.46 pm on Wednesday. Arrangements have been made at some places for viewing of the celestial phenomenon.

The MP Vigyan Sabha has made arrangements at the SOS Children’s Village for viewing of the eclipse from 3.00 pm onwards. The MP Vigyan Sabha said that there are number of superstitions about the solar eclipse among the people though it is simply an astronomical phenomenon which occurs on a fixed date and time.

The Vigyan Sabha has made arrangements for viewing the eclipse at the SOS Children’s Village from 3 pm onwards. The viewing is open to all. For detailed information, mobile phone numbers 9425009257 and 9826876596 may be contacted. It would be an enriching experience for youngsters who do not get in-depth information about such events in their text-books, the organizers said.

First Published: Mar 29, 2006 14:28 IST