Safety tips for autistic adults during a solar eclipse

Protecting Eyes During the Solar Eclipse: How to Prevent Permanent Vision Loss, and Why Accurately Diagnosing Autism is Essential for Support

On Monday, April 8, it is crucial to protect your eyes during the solar eclipse to avoid any potential harm. The light from an eclipse can cause serious damage to the eyes, resulting in permanent vision loss. Dr. Ben Kemp, an emergency physician with OSF HealthCare, emphasizes the importance of using specially made eclipse glasses or welder’s goggles rated 14 or higher, as well as specialized solar telescopes or binoculars for safe viewing. It is also essential to supervise children closely and ensure they are using proper solar filters and eclipse glasses.

While there have been improvements in understanding and recognizing autism in adults over the years, identifying it in everyday life can still be challenging. Theresa Regan, PhD, the lead neuropsychologist at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, highlights that misconceptions about autism persist and may lead to many cases going undiagnosed until adulthood. Dr. Regan stresses the importance of accurately diagnosing autism in every individual to provide appropriate support and resources.

Dr. Regan explains that while autism characteristics typically manifest in childhood but may not be recognized until adulthood, especially in complex situations like navigating relationships. Self-awareness is crucial for individuals on the autism spectrum to seek guidance from a medical provider if they have any questions or concerns about their condition. By seeking support and resources, individuals can gain a better understanding of themselves and improve their well-being.

In conclusion, taking precautions to protect your eyes during the solar eclipse is essential to avoid any potential harm. Accurately diagnosing autism in every individual is crucial for providing appropriate support and resources for their well-being.

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