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Experience the Eclipse Safely

On Mon­day, August 21st, 2017, the Moon and the Sun will be in con­junc­tion, cre­at­ing a nat­ur­al phe­nom­e­non called the solar eclipse which will cov­er part of North Amer­i­ca in mes­mer­iz­ing twi­light shad­ow.

What was once an omi­nous celes­tial event where myth­i­cal crea­tures clashed with the life-giv­ing Sun is now a sight­see­ing bonan­za for both astronomers and reg­u­lar sky gaz­ers.

Still, no matter if your interests stem from science or superstition, your eyes can be exposed to severe risks if left unprotected during the occasion.


NASA has issued that cer­tain every­day mate­ri­als should nev­er be used to observe a solar eclipse as they won’t be able to pre­vent the UV radi­a­tion from burn­ing the reti­nas in the eyes, caus­ing per­ma­nent dam­age or in some cas­es even blind­ness.

The materials are:

  • Any type of sun­glass­es
  • DIY solar fil­ters
  • Smoked glass
  • Col­or film
  • Flop­py disks
  • Med­ical X-ray film


The only safe way to expe­ri­ence a solar eclipse is by fil­ter­ing or pro­ject­ing the Sun’s oth­er­wise harm­ful rays.

A DIY box pro­jec­tor is fair­ly easy to make and you can also use binoc­u­lars or a tele­scope. Just remem­ber not to look direct­ly through the telescope’s eye­piece or find­er scope while pro­ject­ing the eclipsed Sun’s image onto your screen.

If you’re not into mak­ing a box pro­jec­tor, the Amer­i­can Astro­nom­i­cal Soci­ety offers eclipse glass­es for pur­chase. Welder glass­es rat­ed 14 or high­er can serve you well in main­tain­ing good vision.

There are also spe­cial solar fil­ters designed for eclipses, you just have to make sure they do not crack under the Sun’s mag­ni­fied inten­si­ty. They must be treat­ed with extra care, as they can eas­i­ly get dam­aged and become unsafe for your sight.


14 US states will expe­ri­ence a total solar eclipse, while the rest of the con­ti­nent will have a chance to see par­tial changes on the Sun’s face. We at Dia­mond Vision rec­om­mend nev­er star­ing direct­ly at the sun dur­ing the eclipse even if in the zone of total­i­ty (ie, full eclipse which lasts about 2 min­utes) because any par­tial solar radi­a­tion that is absorbed can cause per­ma­nent dam­age to the reti­na. There­fore only approved fil­tered lens is such as welders glass #14 or high­er or using a pro­ject­ed pin­hole cam­era to watch the eclipse indi­rect­ly are advised.

Besides the heav­ens, the envi­ron­ment will also change, the tem­per­a­ture will slight­ly drop, winds will pick up and a sense of eupho­ria will def­i­nite­ly be in the air. The instant it’s over, you must put your spe­cial glass­es back on. It may be an awe-inspir­ing moment, but eye safe­ty should always be of the most impor­tance.

August 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Experience the Eclipse Safely

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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