Here Comes The Sun - And Maybe Solar Retinitis

Photograph by Rick Sammon
Recently, on the Digital Photo Experience podcast, Juan Pons and I talked about photographing sunsets and sunrises - and looking in the direction of the sun.

After the show, one of our listeners shot me an email and added the following good info.

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Rick - This is in reference to looking at the sun through the camera's viewfinder.

The condition caused by looking at the sun is called solar retinitis or solar retinopathy.  The problem is that it is cumulative throughout life. A small does here and a small dose there lead to the condition.

Photograph by Rick Sammon
If someone says, "I looked at the sun through my viewfinder and nothing happened," that's not true.

I've treated hundreds of people with this condition. I tell my patients that there is no real treatment other than prevention.

Photographers needs to protect their eyes, and hence their vision, throughout their life. 

For more info, check out this link: 

Solor Retintis may be reversible in some cases, but sometimes it's not. Your mileage may vary.

Great podcasts you guys do!
Best regards, 

Michael M. Cohen, OD, FAAO
Eyecare-Media Consulting, LLC
1401 Via Loma
Walnut Creek, CA 94598-2926
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