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John B. Whitlow, O.D.
Donna G. Whitlow, O.D.


The 2017 Solar Eclipse will be here soon! We will be able to view the eclipse in LaGrange on Monday, August 21st, at 2:36 p.m. what do you need to know?


On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of the United States will have a solar eclipse. The moon will cover at least part of the sun for 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through, anyone within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse. The moon will completely block the sun's bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds. Day will turn into night, and (weather permitting) one of nature's most awesome sights will become visible: the sun's shimmering outer atmosphere, or corona.

In LaGrange, Georgia, the partial eclipse begins at 1:05 p.m., with the maximum eclipse for our area being observed at 2:36 p.m., then the eclipse will end at 4:02 p.m. LaGrange is outside the path of totality, so eclipse viewing glasses must be used at all times and cannot be removed while looking at the sun.

The American Optometric Association, in partnership with the American Astronomical Society, is providing detailed information so that you can safely view the eclipse.

Here are hints to safely view a solar eclipse:

  1. Use approved solar eclipse viewers. The only safe way to view a partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. Sunglasses, smoked glass, unfiltered telescopes or magnifiers, and polarizing filters are unsafe. If you can't find eclipse viewers, build a pinhole projector to watch the eclipse.
  2. Technique of the pros. Before looking at the sun, cover your eyes with the eclipse viewers while standing still. Glance at the sun, turn away and then remove your filter. Do not remove the filter while looking at the sun.
  3. Totality awesome. Only within the path of totality-and once the moon completely blocks the sun-can eclipse viewers safely be removed to view totality. Once the sun begins reappearing, however, viewers must be replaced. LaGrange, Georgia is NOT within the path of totality, so eclipse viewers cannot be removed at any time while looking at the sun.
  4. Visit your doctor of optometry. If you should experience discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse, visit your local doctor of optometry for a comprehensive eye examination. 

Download a mobile app, Total Solar Eclipse by Exploratorium, which incorporates livestreaming. For more detailed information about the eclipse, its path, and timing, visit eclipse.aas.org, or eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

Access solar filters and "eclipse glasses" by clicking here 

(Information courtesy of the American Astronomical Society)

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