Dangers of looking at the sun during eclipse

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Looking into straight into sun is nearly impossible to do for longer than a few seconds at a time, but just those few seconds are all it takes damage to your eyes permanently.

While many of us will be trying to enjoy the eclipse Monday afternoon, a local ophthalmologist says in this case, it's certainly better to be safe than sorry.

"So because it's so thin and the power of the sun is so great, it will only take a few seconds to cause permanent swelling and residual burning of the retina. So it's not worth the risk to look at the sun directly today," explained Dr. Bill Riggs with Texas Regional Eye Center.

Dr. Riggs also wants people to understand that no matter now dark or how much UV protection your regular sunglasses have, you need to use the ISO certified eclipse glasses if you plan on looking up. The idea that stacking multiple pairs of sunglasses on your face will be just as good is false.

You can tell when glasses are certified when they have the ISO logo and says meets the requirement for ISO 12312-2:2015. There is a picture of the logo attached to this story.

If you do not already have eclipse glasses, getting creative with a D-I-Y cereal box projector is a safe way to view the eclipse.