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Eye Safety Tips for the Solar Eclipse

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Hello eclipse enthusiasts! With the much-anticipated solar eclipse just around the corner, the team at Carolina Eyecare Physicians wants to make sure you’re all set to enjoy this celestial marvel safely. As your trusted eye care providers here in Charleston, South Carolina, we’re sharing some friendly reminders to help protect your vision during the big event.

Pick up a Pair Certified Solar Eclipse Glasses: Be sure to use those certified solar eclipse glasses! These specifically block out harmful UV, visible, and infrared radiation. Just make sure they’re up to the international safety standards (ISO 12312-2). Regular sunglasses will not be enough to protect your eyes during the eclipse.

Skip the DIY Filters: We understand that DIY projects can be fun. But when it comes to eclipse viewing, stick with the professional grade eye protection. Say no to homemade filters made from stuff like smoked glass or old CDs. Trust us, they’re no match for the sun’s intense rays.

Give Your Eyes a Break: It’s tempting to stare at the eclipse for hours on end, but your eyes need a breather too. Even with proper eye protection, limit your direct sun exposure. Give your eyes a break every now and then to prevent any strain or discomfort.

There are many side effects to staring at the sun for too long, one of the leading concerns being solar retinopathy.

Solar retinopathy occurs when the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation damages the retina—a delicate tissue lining the back of the eye responsible for capturing light and sending visual signals to the brain. Directly staring at the sun, especially during an eclipse, can lead to irreversible damage to the retina, causing symptoms such as blurry vision, distorted vision, or even permanent vision loss.

So go ahead, gear up, and get ready to witness nature’s most jaw-dropping light show on April 8, 2024. Keep those eyes protected! We’ll see you on the other side of the moon!

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