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Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

Solar Eclipse and Eye Safety

Consider your eye health when watching a solar eclipse. Exposing your eyes to the sun without proper eye protection during a solar eclipse can cause “eclipse blindness”. Use expert-approved solar eclipse glasses to view a solar eclipse safely and without damaging your eyes. Our solar eclipse glasses meet all ISO 12312-2 safety requirements and block out 100% of harmful UV and infrared light. To learn more about safely viewing the solar eclipses on October 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024, visit PreventBlindness.org/eclipse.

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When Should You Protect Your Eyes From the Sun?

  • All the time

    Vision protection should be worn every day, even when there is no eclipse.

  • All the time

    On the day of an eclipse even when not in the path of totality.

  • All the time

    Even when viewing an eclipse through your phone or camera.

  • All the time

    For both total & annular eclipse events like the ones in 2023 and 2024.

Why it’s important to have certified eclipse glasses

To avoid damaging your eyes when viewing a solar eclipse, only use eclipse glasses that meet safety requirements and are manufactured with the ISO 12312-2 standard. The ISO (International Standards Organization) is a worldwide organization that publishes detailed standards to protect the public from using devices or methods that are flawed, damaged, not well-designed, or that just plain don’t work. Our solar eclipse glasses meet the safety requirements and are ISO 12312-2 certified.

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Solar Eclipses Visible in the United States and North America

Annular Solar Eclipse, October 14, 2023
An annular solar eclipse, often described as a “ring of fire,” will be visible from parts of the Pacific Northwest of the United States all the way to the Gulf of Mexico on October 14, 2023.
Total Solar Eclipse, April 8, 2024
The next total solar eclipse in North America will occur on April 8, 2024, and will be visible across the entire continental United States.

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How to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse

Never look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse (except during the very brief time the sun is in total eclipse; and even then, with caution). Exposing your eyes to the sun without proper eye protection during a solar eclipse can cause “eclipse blindness.” Looking directly at the sun can cause damage or even destroy cells in the retina (the back of the eye). This damage can be temporary or permanent and occurs without causing any pain and may not be noticeable immediately. Vision loss may not be noticeable until several hours after the damage has occurred. It is not safe to look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse.

  • • Not on your smartphone, which can put you at risk of accidentally looking at the sun when trying to line up your camera and could possibly damage your smartphone camera.
  • • Not on the optical viewfinder of a camera
  • • Not using unsafe filters such as smoked glass, sunglasses, polarizing filters, etc.
Solar eclipse glasses will allow you to view the eclipse safely. To learn more about safely viewing a solar eclipse, visit PreventBlindness.org/eclipse.

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Spread Knowledge About Solar Eclipses

A solar eclipse is a rare event, and can be an opportunity for children and adults alike to learn about the science behind these events. Prevent Blindness has prepared eclipse activities that can be used by individuals, clubs, or groups. Go to preventblindness.org/eclipse for more information and to download the free activities. Be certain to pair the activities with our solar eclipse glasses which meet all ISO 12312-2 safety requirements and block out 100% of harmful UV and infrared light.

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