New York State Department of Health Urges Extreme Caution When Viewing Partial Solar Eclipse
Lack of proper eye protection can lead to permanent vision loss
ALBANY, N.Y. (August 18, 2017) – The New York State Department of Health is urging anyone who plans to view the solar eclipse on August 21 to avoid looking directly at the sun unless they are wearing special eye protection. Without proper protection, viewers run the risk of damaging their retinas, which could cause an inability to see colors, the loss of central vision or even permanent blindness.
“The solar eclipse is a spectacular event that rarely occurs, so it is only natural that people will want to view it,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker. “But it can also damage your eyes, so we are urging people to use extreme caution and only look at a solar eclipse if you have eyewear with a special solar filter.” www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2017/2017-08-18_solar_eclipse.htm