Danger in Dayton: Why Eclipse Protection Matters More Here

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Monday’s celestial sky show will draw big crowds anxious to see the moon covering the sun. If you’re planning to watch, be sure to protect your eyes.

Premier Health Now talked with Amina Husain, MD, Premier Eye Surgeons, about how to safely view the event. The Aug. 21 eclipse is the first time since 1979 for a total solar eclipse across the United States. The Dayton area will experience a partial solar eclipse between 1 and 4 p.m.

“In Dayton, it’s going to be very dangerous to look without proper protection because we are not in the path of totality at any time,” says Dr. Husain. “We are at risk of damaging our retinas if we don't use special protective glasses.”

Regular sunglasses cannot protect your eyes from damage caused by the sun’s rays. Even a quick peek can do permanent harm, says Dr. Husain. Symptoms appear one to six months later and include:

  • Vision changes
  • Eye pain
  • Sensitivity to light

If you are using “eclipse glasses,” make sure they are properly certified, says Dr. Husain. Eyewear should be printed with an ISO 12312-2 designation. Learn about protective eclipse eyewear and filters for cameras and binoculars from the American Astronomical Society and the National Science Foundation.

Can’t find eclipse glasses? Don't worry. There are other ways to see the eclipse without damaging your eyes.

The pinhole projection method allows you to indirectly view the eclipse without special eyewear, says Dr. Husain. If you have paper or a cardboard box, aluminum foil and a pin, you can safely see the eclipse.  Watch this short video from NASA to learn how to make a pinhole projector.

Finally, if you find yourself driving during the solar phenomenon, “don’t drive and look at the eclipse,” says Dr. Husain. “Pull over and put on the glasses.”

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