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Viewing the Solar Eclipse?

Take Precautions to Avoid Serious Eye Damage

Post Date:08/18/2017 9:13 AM

As most are aware, there will be a total eclipse on Monday, August 21st.  Please take the proper precautions, when outside during this time.  Do not look directly into the sun, unless you have the proper solar viewing glasses or solar filters.  Sunglasses are insufficient protection.

Even looking at the sun for a few seconds without the proper protection can cause solar retinopathy damaging your photoreceptors which will not regenerate.  How much damage to your vision depends on how long you look at the sun and your anatomy.  People can be anywhere from 20/40 to 20/200 or legally blind depending on how much damage is done.

Please pass this information to all of your coworkers, family and friends.  There are several articles available relating to the 2017 solar eclipse and precautions you should be taking to avoid serious eye damage. 

Bennett, Sukee; 2017, August 14, "Viewing the Solar Eclipse?  Take Precautions to Avoid Serious Eye Damage."safety_3