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Recently our Doctors have heard the following question from patients a lot. "What kind of eye protection should I get and wear during the
upcoming solar eclipse? How can I protect my eyes from possible damage?" Although Florida is not in the direct path, Floridians are in for a real treat in the sky this summer. On Monday, August 21, 2017, the nation will experience a total solar eclipse, dubbed the Great American Eclipse for its North American path, lasting approximately 2 to 3 hours.What makes the eclipse on August 21 so special is that it will cut diagonally across the United States.
Visible total solar eclipses are very unusual, on average they only occur every 18 months, two totalities for every three years. They are visible from some place on the Earth’s surface and mostly happen in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes the eclipse on August 21 so special is that it will cut diagonally across the United States.
It is said to be one of the most exciting sky events to watch, it is also very important to know how to watch an eclipse safely, because looking directly at the sun can seriously damage your eyes.
As mesmerizing as watching a solar eclipse will be, it can pose some serious eye health concerns and could even lead to severe, permanent vision loss from a condition called solar retinopathy.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Astronomical Society are working together to make sure everyone knows how to watch the coming eclipse safely. Looking directly at the sun, even while it's partially eclipsed, can permanently damage vision or blind you.
The August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people. A little preparation now can ensure that you and your family enjoy the event and keep your eyes healthy.
Keep in mind that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun.
Steps to follow for safely watching a solar eclipse:
For information about solar eclipses, where to get the proper eyewear or handheld viewers, check out our Facebook page. Eclipse safety information provided by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Astronomical Society.
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More information at NASA.gov.