Larson Eye Care’s Comprehensive Guide to the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Larson Eye Care’s Comprehensive Guide to the 2017 Solar Eclipse

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse is on the horizon! On August 21st, the moon will move between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow and darkening the skies. Cities from coast-to-coast will have an opportunity to view this spectacular natural phenomenon, although only a small portion of the country will witness the sun vanish completely.

Can I see the eclipse in Sheboygan, WI?

Even though Sheboygan and the surrounding areas won’t be experiencing a total eclipse, we’ll still get an excellent view of a partial eclipse. The sky will still darken and the moon will still obscure the sun. Get ready!

When does the eclipse begin?

We’re expecting the eclipse to begin around noon, with a peak at around 1:15 PM CDT. For a more comprehensive image of when and where you can view the eclipse, check out this helpful, interactive graphic.

Why is it dangerous to look at the sun during an eclipse?

Looking directly at the sun can be dangerous, especially during an eclipse.

When you normally glance at the sun, your eyes hurt almost immediately, causing you to look away and avoid any damage. During an eclipse, the moon blocks the sun’s usual brightness, making it less painful (or even painless!) to look at. Even though you can’t feel the sun damaging your eyes, it can still damage your retina.

Is it possible to go blind during an eclipse?

Yes, it is. Your retina is responsible for processing any light that enters your eyes. Prolonged exposure to the sun can irreparably damage your retina, preventing it from sending the proper electrical impulses to your brain.

How can I protect my eyes during an eclipse?

The only way you can protect your eyes during a solar eclipse is by using a specially-made viewing device such as hand-held solar viewer or eclipse glasses.

These viewing devices must be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 internal safety standard. Homemade devices or ordinary sunglasses are not sufficient protection. Make sure to inspect your solar viewing device for any scratches or imperfections, since this may impact its ability to protect your vision.

Finally – even though you may be tempted – do not take pictures with your cellphone, even if you’re wearing protective glasses. Viewing a solar eclipse through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other device concentrates the solar rays, negating the protection offered by your solar viewing device.

Where can I buy solar eclipse glasses?

The professionals at Larson Eye Care have taken the time to collect a list of vendors who offer solar eclipse glasses and handheld viewing devices.

Online & Other Vendors

Retail Chains

Larson Eye Care hopes that you have an incredible solar eclipse experience. Stay safe this Monday, and have fun!

Interested in learning more about eye safety? Concerned about potential vision problems? Contact us today, and we’d be happy to set up an appointment.

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