Solar eclipse: Best places to view it and how to protect your eyes

Solar eclipse: Best places to view it and how to protect your eyes
Published: Aug. 3, 2017 at 8:41 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – People across the country are prepping for the first total solar eclipse to occur in the U.S. since 1918 in just a few weeks.

With the eclipse approaching, Doctor Mayfield at the West Georgia Eye Care wants to warn everyone about the dangers of looking at the sun directly. Although this does not happen very often, you can permanently damage your eyes.

"So, the problem with looking at the sun wither it's an eclipse or not, there is a condition called solar retinopathy, this can occur even with one minute of exposure looking directly at the sun the results are often permanently damaging to the cervical vision. It's very important if you are going to look at this sun to use an improved viewing device to do so," said Dr. Mayfield.

The eclipse is set to take place Monday, August 21.

Click here to view the eclipse from multiple locations and perspectives, moving back and forth in time and space.

Click here to see if your location will be a good area to see the solar eclipse.

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