How to protect your eyes during the eclipse | Eclipse 2017

Posted at 7:17 AM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 08:58:49-04

This will be the last solar eclipse most people see. Doctors want to make sure it's not the last thing they see period.

"My concern is people especially children not try and view the eclipse through a pair of sunglasses thinking that that's gonna help them because the amount of ultra violet rays coming thru those sunglasses is about 100 times greater than what the retina can stand, they will do damage"

Here in mid-Michigan we are going to experience a partial solar-eclipse, meaning only about eighty percent of the sun will be covered. However that remaining twenty percent is enough to ruin your vision.

"the photo receptors of the eye even though they've been damaged will continue to work over a period of time but you'll go to bed, wake up the next day, and there's a big blurry spot in the center of your vision you cant see the paper all you'll have is images around the sides."

It may take six months to a year for doctors to figure out if the damage is permanent. That's why they say you should only look at the eclipse through special glasses that block 100-percent of U-V rays. Finding a pair at this point won't be easy.

Schuler books at the Eastwood Town Center was selling them...

"We are completely sold out...the people we ordered them from are so busy making them, they're not answering the phone or our emails"

If you don't have time to run and get some you can use the pinhole method.

"You put one sheet of paper on the ground or use a white sidewalk or something like that and another sheet of paper you make a small pin hole in it and then that pin hole will allow the light from the sun and the shadow to appear on the ground underneath"

Not as cool as the real thing...but a lot safer for your eyes.