How To Enjoy It Without Being
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT!!
On August 21st those of us who live in Wilmington will be lucky enough to see a rare, exceptional celestial event – a total solar eclipse.
The Earth has traveled around the sun 40 times since the last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the U.S. It was 1979 and Dr. Schmidt was getting ready to begin college. “ I still remember that day and all the attention that surrounded it. But I especially recall the warnings about not looking directly at it, for fear of being blinded.”
Looking improperly at an eclipse can cause solar retinopathy, damage to your retina, that may be permanent.Dr. Schmidt explains it like this: “ Remember when you were a kid and tried to burn ants with a magnifying glass ? That is the same principle as the eclipse. “
The sun’s rays coming from an eclipse are super concentrated and that high energy can damage the retina and cause retinal holes. “ This damage can happen very quickly and painlessly,” Dr. Schmidt says. “ It can leave you with a central scotoma or blind spot.”
A solar eclipse can indeed damage your eye but the experts at Omni Eye Specialists want to enlighten you on how to safely view the solar eclipse. Viewing a partial eclipse or the phase right before and after the total eclipse is extremely damaging to your eye. Omni Eye Specialists have specially designed inexpensive goggles that allow you to safely view this dangerous part of the eclipse. Once the eclipse becomes total, when the sky goes completely dark for about 2 minutes, the sky becomes perfectly safe to view, and in fact Dr. Schmidt encourages it. “It will be one of the most amazing sights you may ever see. You might see solar explosions or sun bursts during that time.”