• Is it OK if I look near the sun if it improves my mood?


    Question:

    I know that looking directly at the sun is dangerous and not to do it. However, I've noticed that when I look near the sun (10 degrees away) for an extended period of time (1-2 hours) it improves my mood. Is it dangerous to do this? Should I avoid looking near the sun?


    Answer:

    I think you are playing with fire quite literally. It is dangerous to look at or in the general direction of the sum for extended periods and I implore you to stop. Light therapy has been thought to aid in a type of seasonal affective disorder. You may have inadvertently treated a condition which you may have. A visit to a psychiatrist would be helpful to confirm the diagnosis, and if it is the case, light treatment can be arranged with artificial sources of light which do not risk damage to your vision.


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