Aug 18, 2017

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: On August 21st, America will fall underneath the path of a total solar eclipse. What that means and how to keep your eyes safe, Dr. Jeff Pettey is an ophthalmologist at the University of Utah Health.

Dr. Pettey: Looking at an eclipse or the sun for, really, any period of time puts you at risk for permanent vision loss. The type of vision loss we're talking about is, if you were to look at someone's face, having a gray smudge on their face, or a gray smudge in a line of print, and having that be permanent for the rest of your life.

Interviewer: So with all these people trying to take advantage of the great American eclipse, what are some of the ways they can do it safely?

Dr. Pettey: The two ways are, using a pinhole camera, a pinhole camera allows you to indirectly view the eclipse, and then, also, through eclipse glasses, which you need to purchase from a reputable vendor to ensure they have the correct certification.

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