Total Solar Eclipse: Eye Protection Tips

The world we live offers us all types of events which remain in our memories as immortal. And when the sun and the moon start to play hide and seek, it becomes entertainment for all of us. Especially when the moon hides the sun behind her back so we can assist at a solar eclipse, a pretty rare phenomenon.

Timeanddate.com points out that ‘Total solar eclipses happen when the Moon completely covers the Sun when the Moon is near perigee, the point of the Moon’s orbit closest to Earth.’

According to the NASA website, on August 21st, 2017 there will be a total solar eclipse in some of the states from North America and some regions of South America so we can only say: Lucky you, Mr. Trump.

Let’s go through the best tips for the eye witnesses of a solar eclipse. And when we say eye, we mean it as it can be very dangerous for your eyes.

Eyes Covered

The website timeanddate.com explains that if you look directly at the Sun during the hide-and-seek game the ‘UV radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness, even if your eyes are exposed to direct sunlight for just a few seconds.’

We all know it is not safe to keep your eyes free as you’re exposed to a real threat. American people from states such as Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska or South Carolina need to listen to the advice given by the American Academy of Ophthalmology as it explains that ‘the only time that you can look at the sun without a solar viewer is during a total eclipse. When the moon completely covers the sun and it suddenly gets dark, you can remove your solar filter for a unique experience.’

Eclipse Glasses

Every computer has an antivirus program designed to protect it from threats. Your Bitdefender for the total solar eclipse is a pair of eclipse glasses.

You might wonder why is this item so popular for solar eclipses. Well, we know it is not stylish, but health comes first.

According to rainbowsymphonystore.com ‘the lenses on specialty solar viewers are made of exclusive scratch-resistant material with grade five optical density to guarantee ultimate protection from harmful solar radiation. The “Black Polymer” filters out 100% of ultraviolet light and infrared light, as well as 99.999% of intense visible light.’

Because of the magnitude of the event, a pair is very cheap with a normal retail price of under £10. It is not a fashion statement, but do not overthink as it might be very dangerous.

Solar Filters

If you failed to buy eclipse glasses, there is always a second chance. Pinhole projectors or solar filters will do the job for you.

Although you will have the chance to watch the show through a small gap, there are some tips you need to listen to.

You can use special solar filters to watch the Sun during a solar eclipse, but use the proper type of solar filter that is designed for eclipses.

Check that filters do not crack under the Sun’s magnified and focused intensity, according to timeanddate.com.

When it comes to projector, you might assume a telescope is enough for your eye protection. You can make your own box projector or use a telescope or binoculars.

However, don’t look through the telescope’s eyepiece or side-mounted finder scope while projecting the Sun’s image onto a screen.

It seems an easy task to fight against the danger, but every risk has to be considered before witnessing the eclipse.

Never Use Sunglasses

One of the most common mistakes a person might do is wearing sunglasses while looking at the sun.

In no scenario whatsoever is this allowed as your eyes are not safe. Regardless of the name of the UV protection sunglasses, you have to keep them on hold until the eclipse is gone.

After all, we can’t say no to your fashion taste after witnessing such an event. You can just take your Julbo 471 Blast sunglasses for a walk.

It is well known the fact that this brand is a guarantee of eye protection. According to julbo-canada.ca, Julbo lens provide 100% protection against UVA, B and C rays. 

Available in four colors, this is your fashion statement for the outdoor pool party after the total solar eclipse.

We repeat: DO NOT wear them until after the total solar eclipse!

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