Eye Protection Critical For Solar Eclipse
than 300 million Americans, including many Carolinians, could potentially have
a direct view of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.
imperative that those witnessing this celestial phenomenon do so safely with International Organization for Standardization
(ISO) approved eclipse safety glasses that can help ensure irreparable eye damage
Rajiv Shah, M.D., assistant
professor of ophthalmology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center,
offers the five tips below on how to protect vision during the solar eclipse:
1. Don’t use sunglasses for protection. Never look directly at the sun or eclipse. Don’t use
ordinary sunglasses, even very dark
ones, or homemade filters to view the solar eclipse.
2. Wear proper glasses. Wear
solar eclipse glasses and use handheld solar viewers that meet the
International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) standard. It will be
indicated on packaging that they are ISO 12312-2 compliant. Do not wear solar
eyeglasses while driving.
3. Wear your eyeglasses. If
you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on while wearing eclipse glasses – put
eclipse glasses on over them.
4. Don’t use optical devices. Don’t look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars
or any other optical device while using eclipse glasses or hand-held solar
viewer – the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter the eyes.
5. Watch children using solar filters. Always supervise children using solar filters and inspect
glasses before use; if scratched, punctured, torn or otherwise damaged, discard.