CLEVELAND, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearle Vision announced today that people who are planning to watch Wednesday's solar eclipse should make sure to protect their eyes. The partial eclipse, which will be visible in the United States in states north of North Carolina and east of Ohio, can still potentially damage viewers' eyes. "If you were to look directly at the eclipse with your naked eye or even with sunglasses, you could burn your eye's retina and cause damage," Dr. Paul V. Hamel Pearle Vision licensed optometrist said. "The amount of damage, and whether it was temporary or permanent, would depend on the degree of exposure." Pearle Vision recommends that in order to safely view the eclipse, one must use an image-projection device, such as a pinhole projector, which can be made at home, or by wearing a special solar viewing filter which protects the eyes. "If you have glasses constructed especially for solar observation or if you have access to welder's glass in shade number 14, you can safely view the eclipse," Dr. Hamel said. "Without these solar viewing filters, you are at risk." Dr. Paul V. Hamel is a licensed doctor of optometry affiliated with the Northgate Shopping Center Pearle Vision in Revere, Mass. He can be reached at 781-289-5900 for additional comments on Pearle Vision's safety guidelines for viewing Wednesday's solar eclipse.
SOURCE Pearle Vision