Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse can permanently damage your vision or cause blindness. In Ohio, we are not in the “path of totality” and will only have a partial eclipse. Therefore, there is no safe time to look at the sun with the naked eye.
If you decide to watch the eclipse on Monday, you must protect your eyes while watching the entire eclipse. If you choose to view the eclipse as a family, strictly following the safety tips below, can provide you with a safe way to view the solar eclipse!
NOTE: Obviously each child is different. If you feel your child is not capable of following the strict safety protocol of wearing eclipse glasses correctly and during the entirety of the eclipse, your best option may be to view the live stream of the eclipse that NASA is providing. (That is what my family will be doing!)
Tip One: Make sure your “eclipse glasses” use special-purpose solar filters. They must meet a very specific standard known as ISO 12312-2. If you see any damage or scratches on your lenses, do not use them.
Tip Two: Read and follow the entire directions that come with your eclipse glasses to ensure proper use.
Tip Three: When putting your solar eclipse glasses on, stand still and cover your eyes with them properly indoors, before heading out to look up into the intense sun. After viewing the partial eclipse, walk back inside before removing your eclipse glasses.
Final Tip: Error on the side of caution, if you are worried that your children will not be able to keep their eyes safe during this event, stay inside and watch it on tv! Eye damage caused by looking at the eclipse cannot be reversed and is permanent!
Note: These tips were shared with me by local Columbus ophthalmologist, Nicholas A. Rogers, from Northwest Eye Surgeons.