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Man Partially Blinded by 1963 Eclipse Sends Warning

Wearing the proper eye protection is so important!

August 18, 2017

It seems everyone has Solar Eclipse fever. I am seeing more and more Eclipse parties popping up on social media. And there are so many stories about eclipse playlists, an eclipse cruise, and best times to view it. But we need to focus on protecting our eyes on Monday. 

Although Charlotte won't see the 100% eclipse or totality, we will get pretty darn close with 98% totality. That means it will not be safe to ever look directly at the sun. The only time people can take off their protective eyewear and look at the sun is when the eclipse is 100% totality, and that's for just a few seconds. 

An Oregon man, Louis Tomososki, watched the eclipse in 1963 and didn't protect his eyes. The total totality fell in Canada and Alaska, but he remembers looking up for just 20-seconds. 

Yesterday I shared a story that listed all the places that are selling real solar eclipse glasses. Just call ahead to make sure they're in stock. 

Monday is going to be a huge event, but please be safe and protect your eyes and the eyes of little ones that may not know better.