A total solar eclipse will cross parts of the US on next Monday, August 21st. Part of the US will experience darkness during broad daylight hours because the moon will pass directly in front of the sun. As a result of this, the earth will be in darkness. The total eclipse will last about 2 minutes depending on where you are when it occurs. If you are in Charleston, the time this event will take is expected to be around 2:45 pm.
As an eyecare professional, it is my duty to advise you of the dangers that could occur from observing an eclipse. The first thing is you NEVER look directly up into the sky at the sun, and definitely not at the eclipse, with your naked eyes. It is also not safe to use your cell phone to take a picture of this event. The safest way to view the eclipse is to watch it on the news.
Photokeratitis is a condition that can result from direct exposure to sunlight. The symptoms are red eyes, a foreign body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light, and excessive tearing. Another condition that be permanently blinding to your eyesight is solar retinopathy. This occurs when the cells (the rods and cones) of the eyes become permanently damaged by the intensity of the sunlight. Once these cells have been affected, they do not regenerate. Blindness can result or the vision can be permanently distorted. If you must be curious and want to see this event, you must play it safe and follow these specific guidelines. To watch the solar eclipse safely, NASA and other experts have published tips and guidelines for the proper type of glasses that are designed for viewing a solar eclipse. The lenses must be special ISO-certified filters standards. When you put on these glasses, you are not supposed to see anything (total black-out) through them. If you can see something through the glasses you have, you DO NOT have the proper safety lenses. The purpose of the black-out is to block the rays from the sun from directly impacting your eyes. You should only see an image of the eclipse through the darkened lens. While this is an exciting moment in history, do not take the precautions for granted. They can be sight-changing and life-changing. I am Dr. Parker and if you are in need of an eye care provider, we invite you to visit EnVision Eye Care. Dr. Dearing and I welcome you!!! 321 W. Montgomery Crossroads, Savannah For Appointments, call (912) 927-0707 and visit us at www.envisionsavannah.com Follow us in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter