Nine times out of 10, doctors of optometry aren’t on board with their patients staring at the sun, but this August is that one rare exception.
“In fact, it’s a tragedy not to look,” Myron Wasiuta, O.D., rather emphatically points out. “It needs to be looked at because it’s one of the most impressive and memorable sights you’ll ever see.”
Let’s be clear: Staring at the sun is still bad for your eyes in virtually all circumstances, but this particular concession is reserved for one of nature’s most remarkable phenomena-a total solar eclipse. This Aug. 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will envelop the entire nation, but it’s a narrow, 70-mile-wide band stretching from Oregon to South Carolina where the exception to the rule applies. And even then, only for a few minutes at most.
The 2017 Eclipse Across America is noteworthy for a path that makes it visible from most Americans’ backyards; 500 million people across North America will see at least a partial eclipse, yet only about 12 million live within the path of totality. That means it’s especially important for Americans to clearly understand how to safely view the eclipse.