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On Aug. 21, weather permitting, a solar eclipse — when the moon blocks the sun — will be visible in North America. A total eclipse will occur in certain locations in the U.S., and a partial eclipse will be visible across the rest of the country. While the eclipse is going to be a momentous occasion, it’s something experts say you need to enjoy safely.
“Looking into any type of eclipse, partial or total, poses serious risks to your eyes. You could permanently damage your retina or even cause blindness,” says Anna Kitzmann, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System ophthalmologist. “You need to use solar eclipse glasses or a solar viewer to be completely safe. Regular sunglasses and homemade solar filters are not safe to use.”
Dr. Kitzmann advises eclipse viewers to follow these safety tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Astronomical Society:
“Have fun watching the solar eclipse, but be sure your eyes are properly protected,” adds Dr. Kitzmann.
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