5 Rules to Protect Your Family's Vision During the Solar Eclipse

So you may have heard by now that there’s little thing happening next week- no big deal or anything. There's just going to be a....

SUPER AWESOME ONCE IN A LIFETIME TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE!!!

I feel pretty luck that here in St. Louis we are in the path of totality, which means we get to see the full effect of the solar eclipse and be in full darkness. My family and I are even going camping to celebrate.

So why am I ruining all the fun here and talking about safety? 

Well, my Mom always told me never to look at the sun. That was pretty decent advice. Turns out, that can do pretty bad things to your eyes and I'd like to keep our readers safe!

Now, NASA does say that you can look at directly, without taking safety measures, during the brief phase of totality, but you know, I just like my eye balls too much to risk messing with the timing of that. 



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I actually wasn’t even going to write anything about this topic because I assumed that either people would seek out proper eyewear for this event involving looking at the sun.

Turns out, most people did and then were DUPED by many places selling “solar glasses.” Apparently many people even purchased after unapproved glasses from Amazon that did not meet AAS requirements. Which means that while hopefully Amazon can get ahold of all of those people, it’s unlikely, and a bunch of people and maybe kids are about to LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN without proper eye protection.

So let’s review how to make sure you and your child’s eyes are protected during the eclipse

5 Rules to Protect Your Family's Vision During the Solar Eclipse

1.) Only look at the eclipse with APPROVED SOLAR FILTER GLASSES or hand held solar viewer

2.) Glasses should be compliant with American Astronimal Society's ISO 12312-2 safety standards

3.) Inspect them before using. If they are scratched or damaged in anyway, don’t use them!

4.) If anyone uses eye glasses, they should wear the solar glasses over them.

5.) Don’t look through any cameras, telescopes, binoculars, or optical device during the eclipse, even if wearing your solar glasses

For those in the path of totality- do at your own risk- if you want to take them off during FULL TOTALITY, NASA says that you can take them “when the moon completely cover the sun’s bright face and it it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.” 

So that's it- pretty easy peasy. 

And to make it a little easier for you, you can always visit the American Astronomical Society's Reputable Vendors List to see who you can actually trust to give you legitamate 

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Kate Schnetzer, MHA, CBE, CLC, CPD, CPST
Co-Founder and Educator
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