10 doctors weighed in:

How bad is it to look at the sun directly?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marilyn Huheey
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Potentially very bad

Short exposure not harmful, but staring for a long time could burn your retina.

In brief: Potentially very bad

Short exposure not harmful, but staring for a long time could burn your retina.
Dr. Marilyn Huheey
Dr. Marilyn Huheey
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Dr. Charles Titone
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No to sungazing

Looking at the sun can give you a retinal burn, this can permanently affect your eyesight.

In brief: No to sungazing

Looking at the sun can give you a retinal burn, this can permanently affect your eyesight.
Dr. Charles Titone
Dr. Charles Titone
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Dr. Elizabeth Holland
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No to sungazing

Sungazing can cause damage to the macula, the most sensitive seeing part of the retina.
If this is damaged by the sun, you could have permanent vision loss.

In brief: No to sungazing

Sungazing can cause damage to the macula, the most sensitive seeing part of the retina.
If this is damaged by the sun, you could have permanent vision loss.
Dr. Elizabeth Holland
Dr. Elizabeth Holland
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not good

Even with the proper filters, should not stare at the sun for any extended period of time (solar retinopathy risk).

In brief: Not good

Even with the proper filters, should not stare at the sun for any extended period of time (solar retinopathy risk).
Dr. Robert Chang
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology

In brief: No to sungazing

Looking directly at the sun, especially for long periods(sungazing) can cause permanent damage to your retina.
This can damage your vision and even legally blind you.

In brief: No to sungazing

Looking directly at the sun, especially for long periods(sungazing) can cause permanent damage to your retina.
This can damage your vision and even legally blind you.
Dr. John Odette
Dr. John Odette
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Dr. Daniel Goldberg
Ophthalmology

In brief: Very bad

This is a terrible idea.
The sun emits powerful ultraviolet rays which will irreversibly and severely damage your central retina (macula). This is a condition known as "solar maculopathy". If you don't like the idea of having a permanent dark spot in your central vision, please don't look directly at the sun.

In brief: Very bad

This is a terrible idea.
The sun emits powerful ultraviolet rays which will irreversibly and severely damage your central retina (macula). This is a condition known as "solar maculopathy". If you don't like the idea of having a permanent dark spot in your central vision, please don't look directly at the sun.
Dr. Daniel Goldberg
Dr. Daniel Goldberg
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