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    Top 5 ways to help your patients safely view the solar eclipse


    2. Eclipse glasses (direct method)

    Eclipse glasses are designed for safe direct solar viewing of solar eclipses, sun spots, and other solar phenomena.

    “Like solar shields, eclipse glasses are specifically designed to adequately block light rays and make direct eclipse viewing safe,” says Dr. Haynes. “Both solar shields and eclipse glasses should be inspected for scratches and defects prior to use.”

    Remind patients to fully avert their views away from the eclipse before removing eclipse glasses, says Dr. Haynes.

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    “One potential risk is glasses that offer a partial eclipse view,” says Dr. Semes. “Not much is written about this, but there is a real danger to viewing a solar eclipse directly without appropriate protection. There is also an international standard that address direct sun viewing— International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 12312-2.”

    Devices that are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard may be used to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through them without time limits.

    Up next: Lens solar filters (direct method)

    Giovanni Castelli
    Giovanni Castelli is the content specialist for Optometry Times. He is a 2014 graduate of Cleveland State University with a degree in ...


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