How Can I Protect My Eyes During a Solar Eclipse? - view of sky with full sun eclipse

A solar eclipse is when part of the sun is covered by the moon. There are partial solar eclipses when only a portion of the moon covers the sun. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun. It is very rare, but Monday August 21st it will be a reality for some. The tracking line covers from Oregon to South Carolina in a downward slope. It is not something that will be seen in Connecticut, but it is likely that millions of Americans will view this rare feat. We know it is unsafe to look directly at the sun so there a few tips that the ASA, NASA, AAO, and (among others) have given to help people enjoy their experience and be safe too.

  • The only way to look directly at the sun safely is through a specific pair of glasses called “Eclipse Glasses.” These glasses use a special filter that will not allow the suns harmful rays to enter your eyes to cause damage. Regular sunglasses, even if they are very dark, are not safe enough
  • The companies that make solar eclipse glasses include Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17
  • If you use a hand-held solar filter make sure it is not damaged or scratched. If it is then do not use it
  • Prior to looking at the sun make sure you cover your eyes with your glasses or filter on. Once the sun is in a total eclipse you can remove the filter ONLY during the total eclipse phase. Once the eclipse starts to change to a partial eclipse the filter needs to be back on
  • Never look at the sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope or binoculars. The suns rays will be able to pass through all those different types of lenses and can cause damage to your eyes

If you plan on traveling to a location that is along the path of the total solar eclipse in August and would like more information about how to protect your eyes please call to schedule an appointment today! (860) 233-2020

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