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Viewing Solar Eclipse

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Last updated: 14 Aug, 2017
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Question

I have a 10 yo son. Bilateral Congenital cataracts, Lensectomy at 2 months of age, Aphakia, Glaucoma controlled with Timolol Maleate & Latanoprost. 

He wants to participate in a program for viewing Solar Eclipse on Aug 21st, from his elementary school. I am very very nervous with him doing so. They do provide Solar Eclipse glasses as certified/recommended by NASA. Any insights? Please guide. 

Answer

No special concerns regarding his aphakia or glaucoma as long as the usual protective equipment is used.

Enjoy!

Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FRCSC
Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
Robison D. Harley, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
Wills Eye Hospital, Ste. 1210
840 Walnut Street                    
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5109

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Association
 

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