Solar Eclipse April 8: Accidents and Losses To Avoid

By: SmartFinancial
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - April 4, 2024 - PRLog -- There is a total solar eclipse happening on Monday April 8, 2024, which is quite rare. In fact, it will be the last total solar eclipse seen from the contiguous United States until 2044.

Fifteen states from Texas to Maine, across Mexico into the middle and northern part of the United States, will experience total darkness. However, not every state will see a total eclipse.

For instance, Californians will only experience a partial solar eclipse, because the sun will be one-third to 50% blocked by the moon, depending on the exact location. A partial eclipse is something Californians won't experience again until 2029.

A solar eclipse may damage your eyesight, cause car accidents and lead to injuries or property losses if entertaining at home. See what risks are out there before, during and after a solar eclipse.

The Effects of Partial Eclipse: Damage to the Eyes

Even with a partial eclipse, it's advised that people do not look directly into the sun, which can cause serious and irreversible eye damage. People who want to view the eclipse must wear special glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 standard.

There is all sorts of advice online about using aluminum foil, colanders and other makeshift tools to take a peek at the sun on Monday, but it's best to get your hands on a pair of safe glasses, which are even being distributed for free in places like public libraries and Warby Parker stores.

Regular sunglasses, binoculars, camera lenses and telescopes without solar filters will not provide adequate protection. It's not advised that you just buy eclipse glasses off the street either, because opportunists may sell you bogus shades without the right protection.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the 2017 solar eclipse had devastating consequences for a young woman whose retina was burned in the shape of the visible portion of the sun, after looking directly at the sun for only 20 seconds. There has been no way of repairing the damage, since.[1]

Some experts say to avoid looking at the sun directly, even with the right glasses. Even with health insurance, it'll be costly treating a damaged retina, which cannot be healed by an ophthalmologist, if it is burned by the sun.

Traveling To See the Total Eclipse: Car Accidents Expected

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