Officials work to educate public about dangers of looking directly at solar eclipse

Regular sunglasses will not protect you from the sun, nor will your phone's camera.

Amanda Eustice

Apr 2, 2024, 10:14 PM

Updated 15 days ago

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Books about science and space fill the shelves inside the children's section at the Old Bridge Public Library. Over the past couple of weeks, staff have been educating adults and children about safely enjoying the solar eclipse.
"It is coming during their time that they're leaving school. And you know kids, they're going to look up even when you tell them not to. So, we've made sure that they know...you're not killing your retinas," said Pam Condello.
Safety starts with having certified solar eclipse glasses with special filters, from a reputable company.
Dr. John Park is an ophthalmologist at Edison Ophthalmology Associates. He says there is a way to tell if you're glasses are legit or not.
"These are really dark…very light limiting penetrating filters are glasses so if you are able to see the lights when you're looking at a regular light source, perhaps you may assume that these are not going to do the job they're supposed too,” says Park.
Park says regular sunglasses will not protect you from the sun, nor will your phone's camera. Instead, there are other ways you can view it indirectly.
"If you have a piece of cardstock or even like cardboard, all you have to do is put a little hole in it and hold it out above your head and when it (the sun) comes down you can look on the ground and you're actually see the eclipse on the ground," said Condello.
Even a collider works, too.
The Old Bridge Library is hosting an eclipse viewing party on April 8 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. during the eclipse. It will also have a limited number of eclipse glasses available.


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