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2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Safety

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across all of North America. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through the event, Casper will experience a brief total eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun for almost 3 minutes, turning day into night.

During this spectacular event, it’s important to protect your eyes. If you don’t, there could be irreparable damage to your vision. The only safe way to look directly at the partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. Family Vision Clinic will be providing eclipse glasses at our office for patients, so check for them at your next appointment or swing by to get a pair.

We also highly recommend that you download this printable PDF for important safety tips which can be referenced during the eclipse viewing. Call our office if you have any questions regarding eclipse glasses or viewing safety. Enjoy the event!