How to Protect Your Eyes from a Solar Eclipse

grandmother, daughter, grandaughter and man with glasses protecting eyes from solar eclipse

The upcoming solar eclipse on April 8th is an exciting astronomical event, but it’s crucial to remember that¬†looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, is never safe.

As your trusted eye care team, we want to ensure you and your loved ones enjoy this celestial phenomenon safely. Here’s what you need to know:

The Danger:

The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, even during an eclipse. Looking directly at the sun, even for a brief moment, can cause permanent eye damage, including:

  • Solar retinopathy: This burns the light-sensitive retina, leading to blurred vision, blind spots, and even permanent vision loss.
  • Corneal sunburn: This painful condition damages the clear outer layer of the eye.

Safe Viewing Methods:

  • Never look directly at the sun, even through sunglasses or tinted windows. Regular sunglasses do not block enough UV radiation to protect your eyes.
  • Use certified solar eclipse glasses specifically designed for safe viewing. Look for glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. Do not use homemade filters, sunglasses, or other improvised methods.
  • Project the eclipse onto a white surface using a telescope equipped with a proper solar filter. Never look directly through the telescope or binoculars, even with eclipse glasses on.
  • Seek out organized eclipse viewing events hosted by astronomy clubs or science centers. Often, these events have certified solar viewers available for public use.

Additional Tips:

  • Supervise children closely during the eclipse. Make sure they only use certified eclipse glasses and understand the importance of eye safety.
  • If you experience any eye pain, blurred vision, or other unusual symptoms after viewing the eclipse, contact our office immediately.

Remember, your eye health is our top priority. Enjoy the eclipse safely and protect your vision!

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