A solar eclipse

Five Guidelines for Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing

A solar eclipse

Mandi Conway, MD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, shared some best practices for safely viewing a solar eclipse.

Five Guidelines

  1. No Homemade Filters: Never use improvised or homemade filters when observing a solar eclipse. Only use approved solar viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers with ISO 12312-2 compliant filters to ensure adequate eye protection.
  2. Inspect Your Filters: Before use, carefully examine your solar filter or eclipse glasses. Any scratches or damages should be a red flag, indicating that the protection may be compromised.
  3. Follow Instructions: Read and adhere to the instructions accompanying your solar filter or glasses. It’s essential to ensure correct usage, especially when helping children with handheld solar viewers.
  4. Cover Before Looking: Stand still and cover your eyes with the solar filter or viewer before directing your gaze at the sun. Afterward, turn away and remove the filter — never remove it while looking at the sun.
  5. Avoid Optical Devices: Never use cameras, telescopes, binoculars or similar devices without a proper solar filter. This caution extends to wearing eclipse glasses or holding a solar viewer simultaneously. The intense solar rays can damage both the filter and your eyes.

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