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Preparing for the solar eclipse

Proper eye protection or use of pinhole projection provides safe viewing

 

June 17, 2017

Karla Pomeroy

Dr. Kirby Treat of Clear Image Vision Care shows off some eclipse glasses, one of the safest ways to view the upcoming eclipse later this summer.

WORLAND - According to the greatamericaneclipse.com, the last total solar eclipse in the 48 continental United States was in 1979. In 1979, solar eclipse glasses were not available as they are today.

Dr. Kirby Treat of Clear Image Vision in Worland said back in the 1970s, to view a solar eclipse safely one had to build a pinhole projector where the person basically watched the shadow of the eclipse.

Why worry about using a pinhole project or getting glasses? Because it is never safe to look directly at the sun, Treat said.

The main risk from looking directly at the sun is a person can perm...



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