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As you may know, a total solar eclipse is coming our way on Monday, August 21st. This is very exciting! Especially since the last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979, so millions of people will be traveling to see this special event.

One misconception about an eclipse is that it’s safe to look at the sun, because it’s more comfortable to look at than a typical sunny day. But, if someone looks at the total eclipse and the sun even begins to peek back out, they could begin to put themselves in danger to seriously injure their eyes without proper sun protection. Even wearing eyeglasses with Transition lenses, which block harmful UV rays, do not make it safe to look directly at the sun with since they do not block harmful infrared or intense visible light that can cause damage from staring at direct sunlight.

To protect your eyes when viewing the solar eclipse, NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) advise you to use solar eclipse glasses or other solar filters from recommended manufacturers. Viewing the eclipse using any other glasses or filters could result in loss of vision or permanent blindness.

Some of our patients may have received our “free solar eclipse” glasses from our office. Although these glasses meet the requirements for ISO 12312-2:2015. Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier, that we have ordered the solar eclipse glasses from, that they are “an approved” vender. We are not confident on the safety of the glasses and we recommend that you do not use this product to view the eclipse. But if you decide to use them, you are doing so at your own risk.

We are happy to provide information on eye safety and best practices during this momentous occasion, as well as the importance of eye safety year round. Since the NASA approved safety goggles are hard to find; here is a link on how to make a pinhole camera.…/pro…/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera

Drs Mark and Brandee Marciano

West Palm Beach Optometry Services

  Marciano Family Optometric has been a leading provider of optometry services and vision care products in the West Palm Beach community since 2005, and we want to help you achieve and maintain clear vision for years to come.

Our experienced eye doctors offer comprehensive vision examinations at our West Palm Beach optometry office and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of eye diseases, conditions, and problems. We use advanced diagnostic technology and vision correction products and are committed to improving the quality of life of persons in the West Palm Beach community through enhanced vision. Give yourself the gift of clear vision – schedule an appointment with your eye care provider today.

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