For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross over the United States. While this is a rare celestial event and something very exciting to be a part of, can the solar eclipse impact your vision?
The answer is yes! Here are a couple tips to make sure you protect your eyes during this rare event.
- Regular sunglasses are not enough protection during an eclipse. Some places are selling special “eclipse viewing glasses” or other special eye gear designed for watching the eclipse.
- If you are considering purchasing eclipse glasses or solar viewing cards, make sure they are marked with ISO12312-2 which is the unioversal standard for safely blocking solar UV and IR radiation.
- There is a chance it may be cloudy on Monday, however, even in cloudiness, its never safe to stare directly into the sun, especially without and UV protection.
- Make sure you avoid using any binoculars, exposed film, smoked glass or polarized filters or any other objects that may “dim”the sun, but not protect against solar radiation.
Talk with your eye doctor if you have any questions about protecting your eyes during or after the eclipse.
Disclaimer: This advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.