A total eclipse will be visible on August 21st, but are you ready to see it? The last total Solar Eclipse to pass over the United States was in February of 1979. Dr. Kevin Brown, Medical Director at Simon Eye Associates, shares four safety tips for observing the upcoming Solar Eclipse.
The American Optometric Association recommends sun gazers follow the four tips below to safely view the solar eclipse on August 21st:
- Use approved solar eclipse viewers. The only safe way to view an eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or viewers that meet the international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. Sunglasses, smoke glass, unfiltered telescopes or magnifiers and polarizing filters are unsafe.
- Technique of the pros. Before looking at the sun, cover your eyes with the eclipse viewers while standing still. Glance at the sun, turn away and then remove your filter. Do not remove the filter while still looking at the sun.
- Totality awesome. Only within the path of totality – and once the moon completely blocks the sun can eclipse viewers safely be removed to view totality. Once the sun begins reappearing, however, viewers must be replaced.
- Visit your doctor of optometry. If you should experience discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse, visit your local doctor of optometry for a comprehensive eye examination.
To learn more eye care tips, feel free to call us today at (302) 239-1933 or make an appointment at any of our locations.
Source: The American Optometric Association’s article “Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse Across America?” Visit www.aoa.org for more information on how to keep your eyes safe during the eclipse and a list of reputable authorized dealers of solar viewers.