Victim of retina damage gives warning

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(WTVY) A Georgia man knows all too well what can if you don't, and is hoping his story can save someone else's sight.
Fred Karst was excited to see the partial solar eclipse in 1972.
He was 15 years old.
But he watched without protective glasses, and it only took a short amount of time to leave him with permanent eye damage.
Karst says it's especially important to pay attention to children during the eclipse.
"I probably stared at it about 30 seconds to a minute. On and off, both eyes. Kind of looking like this and like this. Both eyes, eclipse burns. So, basically, what is that? It's like in flash photography, you see that little swirly thing after the flash. I see it all the time. It never goes away."
And he thinks the best way to view the eclipse is with a box pinhole projector along with special solar eclipse glasses.
And there's also the option of just watching it on TV.

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