UnitedHealthcare of North Texas donated solar eclipse glasses to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas to highlight the importance of eye safety during the solar eclipse visible on Monday, Aug. 21.
This rare celestial event—the first total eclipse of the sun to span coast to coast across the U.S. mainland in almost a century—is a spectacular occurrence; however, there are precautions people should take to help maintain their eye health while witnessing the spectacle in its full glory. Looking at a solar eclipse without proper protection can cause serious eye damage, including blurry vision that can last months, or even permanent problems.
Proper eclipse-viewing glasses are heavily tinted, much more so than regular sunglasses. Certified eclipse-viewing glasses will enable you to see the moon track across the orb of the sun until it creates a total eclipse, revealing the sun’s brilliant corona.
A list of approved solar eclipse sunglass vendors is available here.