Optometric association offers information about eclipse protection

The Colorado Optometric Association offers information about how people can protect their eyesight during the total solar eclipse Aug. 21.

The association warned that it’s never safe to look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse. Observers must wear approved eye wear that includes a layer of chromium or aluminum that offers protection from visible and infrared rays. Regular sunglasses and smoked glass don’t contain these layers and remain unsafe for viewing.

Jon Pederson president of the Colorado Optometric Association said direct sun exposure can cause temporary or permanent vision loss that often takes hours to appear.

For more information, visit www.visioncare.org.