Proper Viewing of The Great American Solar Eclipse


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By: Dr. John J. Gallagher | Photo by Seth Doyle on Unsplash

On August 21st, 2017 The United States will experience a Solar Eclipse. The eclipse will pass from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast for the first time since February 1918. The “path of totality” will extend over a 70 mile radius from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Here in Suwanee, we will experience a partial solar eclipse as we are below the 70 mile totality radius.

The solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks out the sun. There are various stages of the solar eclipse as the moon crosses in front of the sun. The eclipse will begin at 1pm on August 21st. For those that will see the totality it will occur between 2:40 and 2:44 pm on the East Coast. The eclipse will be finished by 4:06pm. When the eclipse is at totality the moon is fully blocking out the sun except for it’s outer most rays termed the corona. The corona displays great jets and ribbons of light from behind the moon. The day will turn into night in a most chilling fashion and the brightest planets and stars will be visible.

Advanced Family Eyecare is very concerned about educating people on the proper way to view a Solar Eclipse. It is NEVER okay to look at a partial Solar Eclipse through anything other than proper ISO12312-2 standard Solar Eclipse Glasses. You should not view a partial solar eclipse through the naked eye, non ISO standard sunglasses, unfitted cameras, telescopes or binoculars. Permanent vision loss can occur if the partial eclipse is watched through non ISO 12312-2 glasses. These glasses are available for purchase on by manufactures such as American Paper Optics and Rainbow Symphony Eclipse Glasses. Corneal solar keratitis, solar retinopathy and macular holes are some of the vision threatening eye conditions that can occur from watching a solar eclipse without proper eye protection.

Beginning in August, Advanced Family Eyecare will have a limited supply of the Solar Eclipse standard glasses available for our patients. Stop by for your free pair and happy, safe viewing of the Great American Solar Eclipse.


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