As exciting as this eclipse may be, it also has the potential to be very dangerous. If you’re planning on checking out this solar phenomenon, then Ultra Vision wants to give you some information and tips to protect your eyes from short- and long-term damage alike.
The Dangers of the Sun
No matter what time of day it is or what’s happening in the sky, you should never be looking directly at the sun. If your retina is exposed to too much sunlight, it can damage the cells and interfere with your vision. Photokeratitis is one such condition that you may experience if you watch the solar eclipse. It can cause headaches, swelling around the eyes, and twitching. Often though, it can be difficult to tell when you’ve had too much exposure because the damage is painless and may go unnoticed until it’s too late.
Don’t Take Chances
One of the simplest ways to protect your eyes is going to be through pinhole protection. Essentially, you can cut a tiny hole in a piece of cardboard and view the eclipse from this small opening to help you protect your eyes. It can be awkward to do, but it’s easy in a pinch and you likely already have all the supplies you need. You may also want to buy solar eclipse glasses, which block all (or practically all) UV rays, infrared radiation, and visible light.
One of the best things you can do though is to find a long-term solution to harmful UV rays that will last longer than through the eclipse. Transitions lenses adjust to the surrounding light outside, so you can limit your exposure to anything that may harm your eyes. Transitions are easy to wear all year round, they look great, and they reduce the amount of times you have to squint in a day!