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Safety Alert - Viewing the Upcoming Solar Eclipse-North America Aug 21, 2017

Viewing the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

As you may already know, we will be able to view a partial solar eclipse of up to 67% coverage in Tucson between 9am and 12pm on August 21, 2017. Generally speaking, there are at least 2 solar eclipses each year throughout the world. It is always exciting to view an eclipse; however, it may cause retinal damage when you look at it without proper eye protection. Retinal damage may be permanent. We kindly remind you to view the solar eclipse with caution. Here are some tips:

  • Never look at the eclipse without sufficient eye protection
  • Materials such as regular sunglasses, medical X-ray films, CD/DVD disks, and smoked glass are not safe enough to view the eclipse
  • Choose products such as eclipse glasses or solar filters with caution
  • You may view the eclipse with a pinhole projector
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you realize that you might have injured your eyes by viewing a solar eclipse

Please see this article from the American Society of Retina Specialists for details.