Thursday, August 17, 2017

How to View The Solar Eclipse Safely

We are about to experience a rare solar eclipse (Monday, August 21, 2017).  In the Tri-State, we will not see a total eclipse, but a 90% partial eclipse.  Here are some tips to protecting your eyes:
  • The safest and best way to watch the solar eclipse is from NASA's Live Web Stream
  • NEVER look directly at the sun at any phase of this eclipse without certified solar eclipse glasses (ISO 12312-2 Certified)be sure to read and follow directions carefully.  Be aware of counterfeit (not certified) versions of these “glasses”, as they can lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Regular sunglasses DO NOT protect your eyes when looking directly at the sun.  Permanent vision loss may result.
  • DO NOT view through a camera, binoculars, or iPhone or any other phone camera, as these can worsen the injury.
  • Using the “Pinhole” method is another safe way to view. Click Here to view. 
  • Closely supervise children to avoid permanent vision loss.  If viewing outside, they must have certified eclipse protective eyewear and cannot “peek” around them at the sun, as permanent blindness may result.

·    For other valuable information, visit the American Optometric Association’s page on this topic by clicking here.