Be treated to the
“Great American Eclipse”
It is the first total solar eclipse to travel from coast to coast since 1918.
In Coldwater, OH,
a partial eclipse (85%)
will be most visible
just after 1:20pm.
The excitement and thrill of witnessing a full solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. People gather from all over the world to witness this celestial event, but there is one serious topic that is an absolute requirement, and that’s protecting your eyes from the severe damage that can be caused by looking directly at the eclipse.
Eye protection cannot be emphasized enough.
Solar Retinopathy is a condition that can result from looking directly at the sun. The retina of the eye has no pain receptors. Because of this, damage to the eye can occur without feeling any pain. The sun is easier to stare at during an eclipse because the moon is partially covering it. Even still, the sun’s high concentration of light is just as strong and can burn the macular section of the inner eye, causing permanent vision loss.
This isn’t just a calm ‘safety alert’, this is an all-out warning. You MUST use specially designed ‘eclipse glasses’ or face the potential destruction of your eyesight.
According to the American Optometric Association & NASA,
“There is only one safe way to look directly at the sun, whether during an eclipse or not: through special-purpose solar filters. These solar filters are used in “eclipse glasses” or in hand-held solar viewers. They must meet a very specific worldwide standard known as ISO 12312-2.
“Keep in mind that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun.”
No OTHER kind of glasses, including regular sunglasses, are acceptable to protect your eyes during a solar eclipse.”
Everyone observing this phenomenal event wants to ensure that it is enjoyed and carried as a life memory. Take the safety precautions to make sure that you care for yourself and those with you.