On August 21, 2017
500 million people
Will be treated to the
“Great American Eclipse”
It is the first total solar eclipse to travel from coast to coast since 1918. In Dallas, a partial eclipse will be most visible at 1:09pm.
The excitement and thrill of witnessing a full solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. People gather from all over the world to witness this celestial event, but there is one serious topic that is an absolute requirement, and that’s protecting your eyes from the severe damage that can be caused by looking directly at the eclipse.
Eye protection cannot be emphasized enough.
A condition called Solar Retinopathy can result from looking directly at the sun. Because there are no pain receptors in the retina, damage can occur without the sensation of pain. During an eclipse the sun is easier to stare at because it is partially covered by the moon. However, it’s concentration of light is just as strong and can burn the macula(our central vision), causing permanent vision loss.
This isn’t just a calm ‘safety alert’, this is an all-out warning. You MUST use specially designed ‘eclipse glasses’ or face the potential destruction of your eyesight.
According to the American Optometric Association & NASA,
“There is only one safe way to look directly at the sun, whether during an eclipse or not: through special-purpose solar filters. These solar filters are used in “eclipse glasses” or in hand-held solar viewers. They must meet a very specific worldwide standard known as ISO 12312-2.
“Keep in mind that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun.”
No OTHER kind of glasses, including regular sunglasses, are acceptable to protect your eyes during a solar eclipse.”
We want you to see it safely so we’ve purchased certified eclipse glasses for you! Any patient who has an eye exam in August will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses. Additional glasses can be purchased for $2.00.
Everyone observing this phenomenal event wants to ensure that it is enjoyed and carried as a life memory. Take the safety precautions to make sure that you care for yourself and those with you.