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How to protect your eyes during eclipse

Posted at 5:44 PM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 11:24:23-04

Seeing an eclipse can be a unique experience.

You won’t want to miss it, but wearing the right eclipse glasses can save your eyes.

People around the metro are excited for the total eclipse you'll be able to see right here in Nebraska. The moon will block out the sun, darkening the sky just after 1 p.m. on August 21st.

Although it will be a sight to see, Doctor Lance Kugler says it's essential that you protect your eyes.

“Even looking at the sun for a short period of time without proper protection can cause eye damage, it can cause permanent eye vision loss," he said. "So it's very important when viewing an eclipse to use proper eye safety."

The right glasses to view the eclipse must have an ISO tag and be approved by the federal government.

Kugler says the proper glasses will reduce the sunlight going into your eyes to .001 percent, without the proper glasses the sun's rays will be so intense they could cause a solar burn inside of your eye. 

Kugler added children should be closely monitored, to keep the glasses on at all times during the eclipse and don't use binoculars or a telescope.