Lou Tomosoki’s life change for the worse in 1962. He was a student at Marshall High School in Oregon. While he was walking home, he decided to look at the Solar Eclipse. He noticed flashes of light. At the time, he did not realize that this would lead to vision damage.
Lou’s teachers warned him about looking directly at the Solar Eclipse. However, he did not take heed to the warning. Lou is 70-years-old and still has vision damage. In fact, he has to rely on his right eye to see properly. The next Solar Eclipse is set to take place on August 21, 2017. Lou has warned people to not make the same mistake that he did.
Lou’s vision has not stopped him from doing anything. However, he still wishes that he would have never looked directly at the Solar Eclipse. He stated that his vision has not changed. It does not get better or worse.
Lou has a condition called solar retinopathy. This is a condition where the retina is damaged as the result of looking directly at the sun. Russel N. Van Gelder is a an eye doctor and professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He stated that anyone who looks directly at the sun can develop this condition.
Many people think that it is safe to look directly at the Solar Eclipse because the sun is hidden behind the moon. However, that is far from the truth. Gelder also recommends that people who are trying to record the eclipse with their cell phone use the proper filter. The sun’s rays can burn the cell phone’s camera.
Lou hopes that other people will learn from him and not repeat the same mistake. However, he is afraid that someone will not listen and suffer permanent damage just like he did.