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When can you take eclipse glasses off during total solar eclipse? Only for brief moments during totality

With the total solar eclipse approaching on Monday, questions arise about the proper use of eclipse glasses. According to doctors it’s crucial to wear eclipse glasses to avoid eye damage, emphasizing the dangers of direct sun gazing at any time, not just during an eclipse.

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The only safe moment to view the eclipse without glasses is during totality, a brief period when the moon fully obscures the sun. For the Finger Lakes area, this phase is expected to last from approximately 3:20 p.m. for about 3 minutes and 29 seconds. Doctors say viewers need keep their glasses on before and after this window to prevent eye injury.

Viewers should monitor the eclipse’s progress, removing glasses only when the sun is completely covered. It’s essential to ensure children’s eclipse glasses fit correctly and are undamaged. Looking at the sun without protection can lead to solar retinopathy, causing vision issues like blurriness, central blind spots, and color vision changes. Local health systems have emergency contacts available for anyone experiencing these symptoms after viewing the eclipse.



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