Area eye doctor providing free solar eclipse viewing glasses

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

On Monday, August 21, 2017 at approximately 11:45 CDT, Louisiana will witness one of nature’s grandest spectacles – a solar eclipse. The last time this happened was in 1979.

In Louisiana, we will be able to see about 75% of the total eclipse which will occur around 1:13 pm and last only 2 minutes, according to NASA.

According to Dr. Cory Boudreaux with Williamson Eye Center in Gonzales, there are a limited number of ways to safely view a solar eclipse. Looking directly into the sun is unsafe. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun.

To help residents of the Greater Baton Rouge area, Dr. Boudreaux is giving away 100 pairs of “eclipse glasses” on a first-come, first-serve basis. “We want everyone to be able to view the eclipse safely. That is why we have also put together some basic rules for safe viewing, stated Boudreaux.

1. Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Always supervise children using solar filters.

2. Cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away — do not remove it while looking at the sun.

3. Do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.

Dr. Boudreaux concluded by stating, “A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.

Dr. Boudreaux is available for more information about the total solar eclipse occurring on Monday, August 21st.

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