Optometrist Dr. Jillia Bird is cautioning residents on the dangers of staring directly at the sun during next Monday’s solar eclipse.
Areas of the continental United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun much like residents here observed in 1998.
However, this time around Antigua and Barbuda we will only experience a partial solar eclipse, which Dr Bird explains poses a greater chance of damage to your vision.
Many residents may remember the moon completely blotting out sunlight during the 1998 total solar eclipse in Antigua and Barbuda.
At that time, there were warnings not to view the phenomenon with naked eyes as this could result in permanent damage to your vision.
On August 21, residents will experience another solar eclipse albeit partial this time but Optometrist Dr. Jillia Bird cautions this latest event poses an even greater risk.
Dr. Bird adds residents should be on the lookout for fake eclipse glasses that are being passed as authentic online.
The Optometrist says persons should visit NASA’s website for the list of approved vendors for the verified filters or safely view the spectacle on their television sets.
In the same vein, videographers are among those who will be exposed to danger if proper precautions are not taken as they attempt to capture the momentous event.
Viewing the eclipse without the proper filter may result in damage to the macular: a part of the retina used for reading fine print and for seeing clearly.
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