Protect Eyes from the Solar Eclipse

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UNAIR NEWS – Millions of people in Asia Pacific region, including in Indonesia become enthusiastic as tomorrow on March 9, 2016 there will be a solar eclipse, partial or total solar eclipse. This solar eclipse phenomenon occurs when the moon passes between the Earth so it blocks the Sun’s direct light, totally or partially.

Regarding the natural phenomenon, people are encouraged not to stare at the sun directly without protective eyewear. RS UNAIR ophthalmologist, M. Nurdin Zuhri, dr., Sp.M., RFP, explained that there are risks of looking to the eclipse with naked eyes.

“There are two risks of looking at the solar eclipse directly. First, it can burn the corneas. Second, it can cause damage to the macula (the retina’s central portion),” he said.

The alumnus of UNAIR Faculty of Medicine also added that even though the eclipse makes the earth dark, the sun still emits ultra-violet radiation. When a person watches the sun with his naked eyes, the ultra-violet radiation will burn the corneas.

Futhermore, the blue light effect from the sun will cause damage to macula. The blue light enters the macula, it will cause macular degeration and it can cause blindness.

As a result, dr. Nurdin encouraged people who are watching the solar eclipse tomorrow to use glasses with ND5 filter (which can reduce the sun’s intensity). (*)

Author: Defrina Sukma S
Editor: Yeano Andhika

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