The 2017 solar eclipse is just around the corner. St. Joseph, Missouri and several areas surrounding Kansas City are in the path of perhaps the most important phase: the Total Eclipse. Totality occurs when the sun is completely blocked by the moon. While this is the only phase of the eclipse where solar glasses are not required, removing them is not necessarily recommended. For more information, we’ve created an Infographic: Viewing the Eclipse Safely (see below).
We’ve been asked this question enough times that it’s appropriate to share the answer. Totality will last between two to three minutes, according to NASA. If you are at all unsure about whether the eclipse has reached totality, do not remove your glasses. Looking directly at the sun before it is completely blocked by the moon can cause significant damage to your retina. The retina is where visual information is formed. More specifically, the retina contains light sensitive cells that pass information from the optic nerve to the brain. Because the sun is so much brighter during an eclipse, the potential for damage to your eyes is greater. Solar glasses should be worn at all times during the eclipse, and should be applied and removed while looking away from the sun.
If you experience any visual changes after viewing the eclipse, please schedule an appointment with a doctor immediately. Possible symptoms may include:
To schedule an appointment with our Retina Team, please call 816-478-1230 or use our Appointment Request form to schedule online.
Viewing the eclipse safely is extremely important. For more information, review the infographic below or read the full post on 6 Tips for Viewing the Solar Eclipse Safely, click here.