What Exactly is Going On With This Eclipse Thing?
How Do I Witness the Total Eclipse Safely?
Since this is all over the internet and TV, it's important to know how to actually view the total solar eclipse without doing damage to your eyes. There can be real damage done to your eyes if you watch the eclipse without taking any safety precautions including vision loss.
That begs the question: How can I watch the Total Eclipse without burning holes in my retinas? First, let's get this out of the way: NO SUNGLASSES CAN PROTECT YOU DURING THE ECLIPSE. Sunglasses no matter how dark, polarized, or UV coated the lenses are, they will not protect you in any way shape or form. Now we don't think anyone would dare look at the sun directly with sunglasses, but do not assume just because a majority of the sun will be covered, that you could only wear sunglasses. Ok, now that we've established that, let's look at an inexpensive, easy way to view the eclipse safely.
An easy answer is eclipse glasses.
What Are The Stages of Total Solar Eclipse?
Now, we can imagine how the solar eclipse will happen: moon covers sun, makes it darker, moon moves away, daylight comes back. Let our feathered friend illustrate this scenario:
Now let's get a bit more scientific and show the process, as well as, what to expect.
Don't forget that all patients seen at 20/20 EyeCare during August 14th-19th will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses (made by American Paper Optics) with their eye exam. We look forward to seeing you and helping you keep your vision safe while witnessing the eclipse.
Update: It was a Total Eclipse of our Hearts At 20/20 Eyecare's Offices