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Despite repeated warnings about wearing appropriate eye protection when viewing Monday’s Great American Eclipse, many people looked at it with regular sunglasses or even nothing at all. Well, the experts weren’t kidding about the damage that could be done by staring up at the sun.

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If you looked at the eclipse without the special glasses, whether intentionally or accidentally, you’d already be noticing the effects. The video below explains what UV rays can do to our retinas. And with the next U.S. solar eclipse coming in 2024, you have plenty of time to take the necessary precautions.