The Independent, 21 August 2017
A number of newspaper outlets reported on how to watch the solar eclipse safely. The College was quoted in The Independent and The Express.
The College of Optometrists is warning people not to look directly at the sun during the solar eclipse.
Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, Clinical Adviser at the College of Optometrists explains; “While there will be a full solar eclipse in the US, we will only have a partial eclipse in the UK, and in some ways this can be more dangerous as many people may feel that they don’t need the same protection as they would do during a total eclipse. Witnessing even a partial eclipse is a significant and exciting prospect, but it’s really important that you do so safely, and do not put your sight at risk. You should never look directly at the sun during a total or partial eclipse. This is because the radiation emitted by the sun is so powerful it may cause long term harm to the retina. The safest and probably most reliable way to watch the eclipse is via a webcam stream or television broadcast. ”
The College of Optometrists’ has issued the following advice:
Read more advice on watching the solar eclipse.