Solar Eclipse Safety Tips For Your Eyes

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 18, 2017

Proper eclipse glasses are marked with ISO - which stands for International Organization for Standardization and have the numbers 12312-2 on them.

Optometrist Dr. Greg Hagedorn said, "the same rays that can burn your skin can burn the inside of your eyes and cause damage that you may not be able to recover from."

Dr. Thomas said aside from the safety provided by the certified eclipse glasses, making a pinhole viewer can be a fun project for the family and the eclipse can be viewed indirectly, without having to look at the sun.

Eclipse-related eye damage can serious, Karrick added.

Don't look at the sun during Monday's eclipse.

In Louisville, the solar eclipse will begin at 12:59 p.m. and end at 3:51 p.m. The only safe way to view a partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or viewers that meet global standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing.

According to the CDC, looking directly at the sun could cause permanent damage to the retina.

"There is so much light energy that comes out through that little tiny sliver of the sun that that alone could cause a burn to the retina", Dr. Oliver said. Glance at the sun, turn away and then remove your filter.

But even along the path of totality, the only time you can see the eclipse with the naked eye is the moment the moon fully covers the sun.

The last total solar eclipse visible across the United States was in 1918. In fact, it's often tempting to look at the sun, to challenge yourself to do something strictly forbidden by parents, teachers, and doctors.

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