A very rare event is about to occur later this month. A total solar eclipse only happens a few times each century. The next one visible from the United States will occur on August 21, 2017. This last occurred about 40 years ago.

A solar eclipse is an amazing thing to witness, but there are significant visual risks in viewing the phenomenon. There is really no save time to view an eclipse with the naked eye, unless the entire sun is obscured. This is a very brief moment during the eclipse called “totality” when the moon is entirely covering the sun. The majority of the United States the will only see a partial eclipse sun and in this case has significant eye damage risk if viewed without proper protection.

Using regular sunglasses during an eclipse is not adequate protection, as it is the same thing as staring directly at the sun, which can cause severe macular damage and permanent loss of vision. Even though the sun does not appear as bright during the eclipse (when there is just a sliver of it shining) it has the same risk of damage to the eye as if it was fully shining and being stared at by the naked eye or with sunglasses.

Even quick glances at the event with unprotected eyes can cause damage to the sensitive retina. Several glances can add up to significant damage and vision loss. Some of this vision loss can improve over, but some may also be permanent if severe enough.

Since we will not be experiencing a total eclipse in South Florida and Miami Beach, we must protect your eyes if we are going to view the event with appropriate eye protection.

Be sure to get your solar eclipse glasses before the event. These glasses are often referred to as solar viewers and have special filters that are extraordinarily darker than regular sunglasses. These glasses are made to filter out the damaging light that normal sunglasses cannot.

If you have any questions about this upcoming event or want information on safety products please contact us at the office.

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