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Can looking directly at the sun cause someone to go color blind?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 54 years experience
No: This is definitely not recommended. It is uncomfortable and most would not due it. It sometimes is done for religious purposes and by people under "the influence". The eyes focuses the sunlight and damages a portion of the retina where it is focused in a non-specific way so all receptors are damaged and color blindness does not result, just a loss of a portion of the visual field.
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