Did you hear that there will be a 70% eclipse visible from just outside your door if you live in Winnipeg?! That’s right, on August 21, 2017 from 11:40am to 2:15pm, with the maximum eclipse at 12:57pm. While you might be excited to see this natural wonder, remember that it is never safe to look directly at the sun. You will need a pair of ISO-certified eclipse shades which are specially designed to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, If you want to observe the eclipse. Please make sure that your eclipse shades are made from one of the approved manufacturers (Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17) and look for an indication that they meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard. Please note that homemade filters or dark sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun however, NASA recommends welder shades 12, 13 or 14 to safely look at the sun. 14 being the more opaque. Do not even think of looking at the sun with welder shades less than 12.
Using Eclipse Shades
It is also important to know how to use the eclipse shades! To start, stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse shades before looking up at the bright sun. When you are done observing the eclipse, do not remove your shades while still looking at the sun. Turn away first and then remove your shades. Be sure to supervise children when they are using the eclipse shades. Do not look at the eclipse through a regular camera lens with or without your eclipse shades. Cameras and other similar devices required a special solar filter. Most importantly, since Manitoba will only be experiencing a partial eclipse, there is no safe time to view the eclipse without using your eclipse shades!
Currently, eclipse glasses are available at your optometrist’s office for free or can be purchased at the Manitoba Museum. Limited quantities are available so please inquire sooner than later.
Dr. Nadine Shelton B.Sc, O.D. studied at University of Winnipeg, Canada and Indiana University, USA. She has worked abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico assisting outreach patient eye care with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity). Her university days focused on early child eye care and low vision. Dr. Shelton has spent almost nine years in South St.Vital growing her practice. She has recently opened her new own practice with her partner Victor Lopes in the heart of the Corydon Village called nv. nv Eye Care & Eye Wear is a full service optical where eye exams are available and a great selection of unique to the city eye wear can be found. Learn more at nvmyeyes.com, call us at (204) 504-6863 or come see us at 100-698 Corydon Ave in Winnipeg, Canada.