Solar Eclipse Safety Information

Planning to view the solar eclipse? Don’t forget to follow safe viewing practices.

On August 21, 2017, North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The eclipse’s path will fall south of Vancouver in Oregon and proceed eastward to the east coast of South Carolina. While Vancouver will be outside of this path, Vancouverites can expect to see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers approximately 85% of the sun’s disk.

Here are some tips that will help you enjoy watching the eclipse safely.

  1. Safety Focus: Ensure your eyes are protected at all times by using approved solar eclipse viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. Make sure that the glasses are not damaged or scratched before use. Sunglasses, even those with a very dark tint are not sufficient protection.
  2. Don’t Get Burned! Staring at the sun without protection, may cause damage to your retina (the tissue at the back of your eye) called “solar retinopathy.” This damage can occur without any sensation of pain. The injury can be temporary or permanent. Visit your local doctor of optometry immediately if an accident occurs.
  3. Go Indirect – Project: If you can’t find eclipse viewers, make a pinhole projector to watch the eclipse. It’s important to only watch the screen, not the sun. Never look at the sun through the pinhole.
  4. Watch Online: NASA will be streaming the full eclipse live.
  5. Check It Out: If you experience any problems with your eyes or vision after the eclipse, see your optometrist promptly.
Source: Canadian Association of Optometrists