Eyes to the Sky: Total Eclipse Viewing Tips

On Monday, the Midlands will have a front-row seat for a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse. While the event will be amazing and memorable, it’s important to be safe.

If you’re viewing the eclipse, wear safety glasses with a solar filter. Staring at the sun without glasses can cause serious damage to your retinas and may lead to blindness.

Lexington Medical Center advises everyone to ensure their eclipse glasses meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.

Click here for a list of companies that manufacturer eclipse glasses according to international safety standards.

Eclipse Viewing Tips
*If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep then on. Put your eclipse glasses over them.
*Remove your eclipse glasses only when the moon completely covers the sun’s face and it suddenly gets quite dark. This period will last approximately three minutes. Put your glasses back on as soon as the sun begins to reappear.
*Supervise children using eclipse glasses.
*Turn away from the sun before removing your eclipse glasses.
*Do not look at the eclipse through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, phone or other optical device even while wearing your eclipse glasses. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing injury.

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