How to Safely View the Sun with Solar Eclipse Glasses
If you purchased your solar eclipse glasses from High Point Scientific, regardless of the brand, you can be assured that they are certified to be safe for solar viewing when used as directed. If you purchased your glasses from another vendor or were gifted a pair, make sure they are safe to use before following the steps below.
- Always inspect solar glasses carefully before use. Check for any holes or tears and make sure the solar film is securely adhered to the cardboard, if applicable.
- To use your glasses, turn your body toward the direction of the Sun and put your glasses on BEFORE you look up. Make sure the earpieces are tucked behind your ears, and just to be extra safe, use your fingers to apply pressure to the sides of the glasses so they don't slip off.
- Look up at the Sun. The view will be dark until the Sun comes into view. Be patient if you don't see it right away, and NO PEEKING! You should never look at the Sun, even for a second, without proper protection. When you want to remove your glasses, look down and then take them off. Put them somewhere safe until you want to use them again.
- DO NOT wear your glasses to look through unprotected binoculars, a camera, your smartphone, a telescope, or any optical system. If the equipment has the proper solar filter(s) attached then wearing your glasses is unnecessary, and if the equipment is not protected the Sun will concentrate its power on your glasses and damage them, and in turn, damage your eyes. Check out this video by Explore Scientific to see a graphic example of what the Sun can do to your glasses (or your eyes!) when viewed through an unprotected telescope.
- Make sure everyone in your party understands how to use their glasses. Make sure an adult checks children's glasses to see that they are secure and that there is adult supervision at all times. We recommend everyone in your party has their own pair of solar shades since accidents are more likely to happen if people are sharing.
- If children are too young to wear glasses safely they should be indoors during the eclipse. Better safe than sorry.
- If you are lucky enough to be in the "path of totality" for the eclipse on August 21st, remember to take your glasses off once the Sun's disc is fully covered by the Moon. This is the only time it is safe to view the Sun without the proper protection, so be ready to put your glasses back on as soon as a sliver of the Sun starts to reappear.
For more safety information by NASA and lots of links to articles that discuss all facets of eclipses and solar viewing, visit How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely