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How to watch the eclipse safely

Grabbing a direct look at the sun is dangerous at any time.

During a solar eclipse the temptation to get even just a quick glimpse of this once-in-a-lifetime event can be a pull too powerful to resist.

But safety is paramount because the affects and damages to your retinas are real. So, to remain safe and enjoy the event, keep these safety measures in mind.

Total eclipse? How about total abstinence?

To achieve this, do not view the eclipse at all. After all, it is seeing day turn to night in the middle of the afternoon that is the amazing part and that can be done without direct visual lines.

But since we are curious animals driven to impulse and mob mentality (everyone’s doing it), a proper method of blocking the sun’s dangerous rays is required when looking up.

Use ISO-certified eclipse glasses that meet ISO 12312-2 international safety standards. The manufacturer’s name and address must be printed on the product and do not use products that have scratched or wrinkled lenses.

Remember, retinas are sneaky organs. They contain no pain sensors to tell you that your eyes are being damaged by looking at the sun, so trust in the science over the false narrative being given to you by your eyes.

Symptoms can take 12 to 48 hours to appear and can include retinal burns, permanent or temporary visual loss, and blurred vision. Once symptoms begin, it’s usually too late to reverse any damage.

Where to find the proper glasses

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