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We’re excited about the upcoming eclipse on Monday, August 21st. If you’re at the Cool Springs office we are actually going to take a break for thirty minutes before and after the eclipse, as this is a once in a lifetime event.
We are providing free eclipse sunglasses for those patients having exams or buying glasses. As your eye doctor, our primary concern is for your eye health and safety. I want to emphasize a few precautions with the eclipse upcoming;
Looking through old polaroid negatives, standard welding glasses, normal sunglasses - even polarized, is not safe. The intense focus of the sun’s rays have been documented to cause holes on the back of the eye at the macula. Clinically, we call this solar retinopathy. Small holes lead to blind spots in the central part of vision. There are only a few companies who have been sanctioned and approved to provide enough protection from solar rays in and around an eclipse and thus allow safe viewing. One of those companies, American Paper Optics is our provider for safe solar eclipse glasses. That’s what we will be handing out in August! If you have any questions, click here to contact us directly.