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On Monday morning, August 21, 2017 Oregon will be prime viewing territory for a total solar eclipse. If you are in the path of totality for the eclipse in Oregon, at around 10:15 AM, the moon will fully block the sun for over 2 minutes. During this time day will seem like night; stars will be visible, the horizon will look like it does at sunset, and the sun's atmosphere and solar flares may be visible.
Although this is an exciting event to witness, to prevent eye damage it is important to take measures to view the eclipse in a safe way. Viewing the sun above the horizon at any time without proper eye protection can damage your sight. The dangers of unprotected viewing of the sun, even for a few seconds, may include short-term retinal bleaching and discomfort or potential permanent blindness, known as solar retinopathy.
To protect your eyes during the eclipse, it is important to follow safe viewing methods. The simplest way to protect your eyes is to wear eclipse glasses, which are inexpensive and readily available for purchase at our office or online. Make sure the glasses you purchase are certified as meeting the international standard ISO 12312-2:2015. You can also wear No. 14 welder's glasses. Theses glasses are more expensive but less disposable.
For those wanting to view the eclipse through a telescope, binoculars, or a camera please be aware that a special solar filter must be used and mounted to the front lens of the device, not at the eyepiece lens. Even if you are already wearing protective eclipse glasses or No. 14 welder's glasses, do not look at the eclipse through a telescope, binocular, or camera unless the special solar filter is also mounted on the front lens.
Some forms of eye protection that are UNSAFE for viewing the solar eclipse include sunglasses, photochromic lenses, post-dilation glasses, or any combination of these filters. If you feel that your eyes have been damaged by the eclipse, please do not hesitate to call/ visit our office.
We welcome your phone calls to schedule you for your eyecare needs.