Solar Eclipse Viewing Safety

It is imperative to protect your eyes from the sun when viewing the eclipse, as the sun's rays are so concentrated that without protection, they will concentrate in the back of the eye and damage the retina. This damage is sometimes not noticed until hours or days later and can manifest as seeing straight lines as wavy, noticing a spot in vision, and blurred vision. To protect your eyes, use a certified viewing card, or use alternative methods such as pinhole projectors or finger lacing.

Eye Safety

It is very dangerous to look at the sun during an eclipse because the sun outputs more power than our eye can handle, which damages the retina. There are certain methods you should NOT use to view an eclipse:

  • Binoculars
  • Telescopes
  • Any type of glasses or sunglasses
  • Smoked glass
  • Polarizing filters
  • Exposed color film

None of these methods are strong enough to protect your eyes from permanent damage. These methods do block visible light from damaging the eye, but does not protect against non-visible light, such as ultraviolet and infrared light.