A Few Ways to Protect Your Eyes While Viewing the Solar Eclipse
Aug 15, 2017 06:37PM
● By Melanie Heisinger
Courtesy of https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety
We have a rare opportunity to see an exciting natural event coming our way on Monday, August 21st - a total solar eclipse! This is a very exciting time, especially since the last total eclipse seen in the continental U.S. was in 1979.
One misconception about an eclipse is that it’s safe to look at the sun, because it seems more comfortable to view than on a typical sunny day. However, in Texas, we will not be in the path of totality, meaning that the moon will not fully block the sun. Any viewer can put themselves in danger of seriously injuring their eyes without the proper eye protection. Even wearing dark sunglasses, which block harmful UV rays, will not make it safe to look directly at the sun. They do not block harmful infrared or intense wavelengths of light that can cause damage by staring directly at the sun.
Check out the American Astronomical Society’s website for information on vendors whose special sunglasses meet the required standard to view the sun through their lenses. With these glasses, you will be able to view the partial eclipse that we will experience in the Mansfield area, without any concern for damaging your eyes.
NASA also is a great resource on how to protect your eyes during the solar eclipse.
The eclipse will start around 11:40am, reaching its maximum around 1:10pm, and ending around 2:40pm, depending on your location. Visit NASA’s website to view interactive maps, watch videos, and find information on different ways of experiencing the eclipse!
Should you, or anyone you know, experience any pain or discomfort, please do not hesitate to contact Texas State Optical in Mansfield and one of our doctors will be happy to assist you.
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