Practice safety when viewing the eclipse

Practice safety when viewing the eclipse
Posted at 7:12 AM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 03:18:18-04

(WTXL) - The Challenger Learning Center says they are receiving more than 100 phone calls and 50 to 60 social media messages after residents are concerned they got unsafe glasses to see the eclipse.

Michelle Personette, executive director of the CLC, says they got their glasses in 2016 from the Tallahassee Astronomical Society via The Astronomical League, Rainbow Symphony and Lunt Solar Systems. They are approved to be safe.

To find out if your solar viewer is not safe, visit the American Astronomical Society's website.

In the meantime, staring directly at Monday's eclipse without the proper eye protection will harm your eyes.

Eye doctors recommend you buy eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers that meet with international safety standards.

According to a South Georgia optometrist, staring directly at the eclipse will damage your vision without you feeling it.

Dr. Kelly Cleary, O.D., of Albany Vision Source: "So permanent vision lost can occur quickly, instantly. It is not worth the risk."

The partial eclipse in the Big Bend and south Georgia area will happen Monday from approximately 1 in the afternoon until just after 4 p.m.

The peak will be around 2:40 for just a few minutes.

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