A popular Ophthalmologist in Washington D.C has been spotted entering the White House today.
Steven Scott was seen in his clinic’s van with the inscription “SS Optical”. The purpose of his visit is currently not known but it has been speculated that Donald Trump might have “damaged” his eyes as result of watching the eclipse without safety glasses.
Trump looked at the solar eclipse without safety glasses, despite all expert advice saying this practice is dangerous.
Steven Scott and staff of SS Optical refused to speak to the media.
There are currently no reports of eye damages as result of watching the eclipse as many heeded to NASA’s warning: “Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality,”
“The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as ‘eclipse glasses’ or hand-held solar viewers.”
But this didn’t stop the President, who has a reported tendency to act against the advice of his aides, from sneaking a peek after taking off his protective glasses. He squinted as he briefly looked up at the sun.
Mr Trump watched the rare spectacle from the Blue Room Balcony at the White House – hundreds of miles away from the eclipse’s path of totality – next to his wife Melania and son Barron.
According to the White House pool report, the President initially gesticulated to a crowd of administration staffers gathered below the balcony and pointed to the sky. As he did so, one of the White House aides standing beneath balcony shouted “don’t look!”