OREGON CITY, Ore. – For all the wrong reasons, Lou Tomososki still remembers when he viewed a partial eclipse outside his Oregon high school back in 1962.
Tomososki and a friend believed that if they stared at the sun long enough to view the eclipse, the brightness would go away.
However, as soon as that night, Tomososki, now 70, began having vision problems that have existed the rest of his life.
KEZI reports Tomososki burned his retina during the eclipse, and now he's warning others ahead of Monday's solar event.
For months leading up to next week's eclipse, doctors have issued warnings to avoid looking at the sun and to make sure eclipse glasses meet protective requirements.
Without that protection, many could suffer serious eye damage like Tomososki.
“You know how the news people blur a license plate out,” said Tomososki. “That’s what I have on the right eye, about the size of a pea, I can’t see around that.”