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Protecting your eyes during the solar eclipse

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On Monday, August 21, 2017, the solar eclipse will put a ribbon of the U.S. in darkness. On Monday, August 21, 2017, the solar eclipse will put a ribbon of the U.S. in darkness.
The important thing is not to look directly at the eclipse. The important thing is not to look directly at the eclipse.

It's a rare occurrence that millions will be looking up to the sky to see as a full solar eclipse will happen over a portion of the United States.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the solar eclipse will put a ribbon of the U.S. in darkness. It will begin its path in Oregon at 8:46 a.m. Pacific time. It's maximum point and the best place to view it will be in Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 1:25 p.m. Central time. It will leave the United States at Charleston, South Carolina at 2:25 p.m. Eastern time. Most of the United States will be able to see a partial eclipse even though they are not in the direct path.

The important thing is not to look directly at the eclipse. Even in the full eclipse when the moon is directly over the sun there is enough rays to cause damage to the naked eye.

"The power of the sun is so great that if you look at it without the proper eye protection, it can actually cause a burn on the camera part of the eye which is called the retina, and that can lead to permanent vision loss. So it's really important that you get eclipse glasses if you really want to look at it, and they are available. You want to get the certified, they're called ISO 12312-2 glasses," explained Ophthalmologist Mary Shenouda, M.D.

Shenouda says if you do look at the eclipse without protective glasses and notice a change in your vision of a dark area in your central vision, you should go to your optometrist or ophthalmologist to have it checked.

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