A man who damaged his eyes 55 years ago while looking at a partial solar eclipse is now warning others to not look up at the sun without eye protection.
In 1962, Lou Tomososki was walking home with his friend, Roger Duval, from Marshall High School in Bend, Oregon. They both stopped to watch the partial eclipse without any eye protection.
While they only looked at the eclipse for a few seconds, Tomosoki and his friend could tell that something was wrong.
Tomososki later learned that his retina was burned during the partial eclipse, giving him a partial blind spot in its center.
“It doesn’t get any worse and it doesn’t get any better,” Tomososki told Today. "You know how the news people blur a license plate out? That’s what I have on the right eye, about the size of a pea, I can’t see around that.”
Tomososki began to share his story to encourage others to not make the same mistake.
“Millions of people out there are going to be looking out at it… How many of them are going to say, ‘Something happened to my eyes?’” he said."That makes me sick.”
People are expecting to see the solar eclipse in the U.S. on Monday, Aug. 21.