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    How will ophthalmologists watch the eclipse?

     

    Road trip

    “I am doing a road trip with my son to see the eclipse in Oregon,” said Uday Devgan, MD, FACS, FRCS, Devgan Eye Surgery, Los Angeles. "We are already on our way and we're hoping for clear skies and light traffic."

    “Safety is key and we have appropriate eye protection,” said Dr. Devgan, who is a member of the Ophthalmology Times Editorial Advisory Board. “We will be using commercial grade welding glasses with a shade 14 rating (note that the typical welding glasses in shade 5, 10, or 11 are insufficient to provide the appropriate protection for eclipse viewing). Solar retinopathy can be very damaging to the retina, particularly the fovea. While there are cheaper alternatives made using cardboard frames and Mylar plastic, I'd rather be on the safe side.

    “I've been telling my patients that even in Los Angeles, they will be able to see a partial eclipse (with proper eye protection), but it won't be the same as being in the path of totality!” he said.

    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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