A new fad diet that sees people staring straight at the sun to replace food cravings could cause permanent damage to eyesight warns Geoff Roberson, Professional Adviser at the AOP.
According to a report in the Daily Express, the new diet involves followers staring at the sun for ten seconds, increasing each day until they can stand there for a full 45 minutes. People have reportedly been gathering at the beach village of Sam Ka in Lei Yue Mun, Hong Kong, to practice the new fad.
“People should never look directly at the sun or use any instruments like binoculars, telescopes or cameras to view the sun directly,” Geoff Roberson, Professional Adviser at the Association of Optometrists said.
“Looking directly at the sun can permanently damage your eyesight. It’s important for the public not to lose sight of their eyes – one of the most delicate organs in our body. We would encourage anyone who has looked directly at any form of bright light, but particularly sunlight, and who has lasting after effects, to get to their local optometrist to have their eyes checked out.”