You can damage your eyes in mere seconds during the solar eclipse


Hagedorn said, "The fear is that people won't look away because it won't be as bright as the naked sun and won't be something that burns you like a welding flash would, so the pain that would be there for a warning is not going to be there for you to help protect you."

- Before looking at the sun, cover your eyes with the eclipse viewers while standing still.

"If it's not a 100 percent eclipse, It's not safe to look at", Dr. Cass explains.

"The brightness and intensity of harmful light damages the focal point of your eye", Vann said.

Leading doctors suggest that depending on sky conditions, it can take less than 90 seconds of looking at the sun directly to cause permanent damage to your eye. This is because the sun light that is able to seep out is extremely intense.

Colorado does not fall within the path of totality, where the sun will be completely blocked out by the passing moon.

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Only people in the 70-mile-wide path of totality that runs from OR to SC will be afforded that view of the moon fully blocking the sun, so anyone outside of that relatively small part of the country will need some heavy-duty eye protection.

While it is rare, permanent blindness after looking at the sun does happen. Those who choose to observe the eclipse should be mindful not to look directly at the sun without protective eye wear specifically designed for eclipse viewing. More information about the timing of the Monday, August 21 eclipse, along with information about how to safely view it, can be found online.

There is an easy way to prevent eye damage when viewing eclipses.

"Your Ray-Bans, your regular street sunglasses, your 3-D glasses, nor your tanning booth glasses will be sufficient for this".

Teachers at Cochran Elementary School met Tuesday to learn about keeping students safe during next week's solar eclipse.

Vann is right to be somewhat anxious about the efficacy of eclipse glasses.