• Dr. Steven Weisman

Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

Monday, August 21, 2017, Tucson, Arizona and the rest of the country will experience a solar eclipse. The last solar eclipse was 38 years ago, in 1979. The eclipse will look different depending on which part of the country you live in. There are several states that will see the eclipse in full, while others will only see a portion of it. Before the sun, moon and earth align, prepare for this historic event. There are a few things you need to know about the 2017 solar eclipse, especially if you want to protect your vision.

Partial Eclipse in Tucson, Arizona

Since Arizona is not in the direct path of the solar eclipse, Tucson will see a partial eclipse instead. A partial eclipse is still a special event. Half of the sun will be blocked by the moon and visible for everyone in Tucson. The peak of the Tucson, Arizona partial eclipse will be around 10:30 a.m.

All Eyes on the Eclipse

People are traveling, missing work and even planning watch parties for the 2017 solar eclipse. However, watching the eclipse on TV might be the best way to see the sun and moon align. It’s an exciting part of history, but staring at the sun for too long is dangerous to your vision. NASA warns that “You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection…” So, if you want to watch the eclipse in person, wear your solar eclipse glasses.

What are Solar Eclipse Glasses?

Solar eclipse glasses protect your eyes from the sun, but they are not the same as everyday sunglasses. Official solar eclipse glasses will block all light, including the most powerful sunrays. During the partial eclipse, these glasses are even more important. The partial eclipse will not cover the sun in full so, it’s not safe to look without your solar eclipse filters.

Everyone in Tucson, Arizona will be exposed to the partial eclipse. Remember, the sun is the most powerful and brightest thing in our universe. Staring directly at the sun, during the eclipse, leads to permanent eye damage as severe as blindness. Any astronomer or optometrist will tell you to protect your eyes for the 2017 solar eclipse.

Tucson, Arizona Optometry

Eye damage from the solar eclipse is irreversible so, you must prepare or look away. Our eyes need special care and attention. Dr. Steven Weisman is a local optometrist in Tucson, Arizona who specializes in total eyecare. Dr. Weisman works exclusively at Optical Image boutiques. If you’d like to meet with Dr. Weisman, call 520-293-6800 to schedule an appointment at Optical Image - Tucson Mall or 520-748-0320 for Optical Image - Park Place mall. Enjoy the 2017 solar eclipse and stay safe in Tucson, Arizona!

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