On Monday August 21st, there will be a solar eclipse across America. Here in Toronto, we will experience about a 70% partial eclipse.
Intense solar radiation can causes damage to the cells in the retina and causes eclipse blindness. About half of the people diagnosed with eclipse blindness will fully recover their vision in 6 months. The other half only partially recovers or never recover at all.
Here are some tips in viewing the eclipse
- Use approved solar eclipse viewers/eclipse glasses. Normal sunglasses are not safe for watching the eclipse.
- Telescope, binoculars and cameras need solar filters. The filters must be attached in front of your device.
- If you experience any visual discomfort after watching the eclipse, please visit your optometrist