“It’s so risky for people to look at the sun even for a brief period of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina”. In most cases retinal damage will result in blurred vision or the presence of blind spots.
Of course, during the event even with proper eclipse glasses, you’ll need to put them on BEFORE you look at the sun and look AWAY from the sun before you take them off again.
The AAS warns the “marketplace is being flooded by counterfeit eclipse glasses that are labeled as if they’re ISO-compliant when in fact they are not”.
“Shade number 14 welder’s glass is a type of filter that has been recommended by the American Society of Retina Specialists, and is available at most welding supply stores”, she said.
“A pair of eclipse glasses is over a thousand times darker than a pair of sunglasses”, Jerit said. When you put them on without looking at the sun, you should see NOTHING – just BLACK. Remember that a telescope and camera will focus that sunlight, so do not look through either of these while wearing your eclipse glasses.
Nashville is the largest city in the path of the eclipse, and specialists at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute want to ensure that eclipse watchers across Middle Tennessee keep an eye on safety while viewing the astronomical event.
We can’t say it enough, so now we have an eye doctor telling you.
Sit at the deck at Riverbend Park or bring a lawn chair and sit in the grassy area to enjoy a spectacular view of the Potomac and the eclipse. The K-2 program is from noon to 2 p.m. and the 3-5 program is from 3 to 5 p.m. with the hour in between for both ages to come and view during the maximum of the eclipse.
Douglas-Takayesu has also developed several pinhole card board cut outs that cast shadows and will enable people to view the partial eclipse.