Safety tips for watching the solar eclipse August 21

Posted at 8:53 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-14 20:53:44-04

A solar eclipse is hitting us in a week and people all over Northeast Ohio are getting excited for the experience.

But before you go looking into the sky at the phenomenon, make sure you're following all the right safety precautions!

It is unsafe to look directly at the sun, even during a solar eclipse. Make sure to wear approved solar eclipse glasses if you plan on looking into the sky, and only remove them once the moon completely blocks the sun, according to United Healthcare. Once the sun reappears, the glasses should be put back on. Look out for fake glasses, and make sure to read and follow any instructions packaged with or printed on the glasses.

According to United Healthcare, you should not look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse sunglasses. The healthcare provider says the concentrated solar rays can damage the filter, enter your eyes and cause serious injury.

If you experience discomfort or vision problems after the eclipse, make sure to visit your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam.