Preparing for the Solar Eclipse

By Staff August 9, 2017

Bowden Eye gives out free solar eclipse glasses

 By News4Jax.com Staff

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bowden Eye and Associates, which has four locations of ophthalmologists and optometrists in Jacksonville, is distributing solar eclipse viewing glasses free, while supplies last.

Special glasses are needed before looking directly at the sun during any part of the eclipse except for during totality. Northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia are not in the path of totality, so looking at the eclipse at any point without proper protection will damage your eyes.

In Jacksonville, the sun will only be about 90 percent covered during the Aug. 21 eclipse, and the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special, certified eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

Bowden is giving away certified eclipse glasses at its offices:

Southside: 7205 Bonneval Road
Northside: 12341 Yellow Bluff Road #4
Mandarin: 14810 Old St Augustine Road #103
Tinseltown: 8833 Perimeter Park Boulevard #403

Bowden Eye is also a sponsor of News4Jax’s Great American Eclipse coverage, which is another safe way of viewing the eclipse. Channel 4 will broadcast eclipse coverage from 1-4 p.m. that Monday, with live reports following the path of the eclipse from Oregan to South Carolina.

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