Planning on Catching the Solar Eclipse? Make Sure Your Eyes Are Protected!

There is a solar eclipse occurring Monday, April 8th. A solar eclipse is when the moon blocks the sun. In Massachusetts, we will not be able to see the total eclipse; however, parts of it will still be visible. If you plan on viewing this rare occurrence, make sure to protect your eyes.

“There is a risk of solar retinopathy if people look at the sun without the proper protection, which could end up causing irreversible loss of central vision,” explains Joseph Silva, OD of Reliant’s Division of Optometry. “I emphasize using eye protection that is certified by the American Astronomical Society. Regular sunglasses do not provide enough protection.” You can visit this link to learn more about how to safely view the eclipse on Monday. In addition, this information from the American Astronomical Society will show you how to make sure your eclipse glasses are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standards.

The eclipse is estimated to occur between 1:00-4:00 pm in our area and will be a deep, partial eclipse, beginning at 2:13 pm and ending at 4:37 pm. Enjoy but remember, don’t look directly at the sun without proper eye protection!

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