With today’s total solar eclipse upon us, many auto trimmers may be tempted to take a break from their work and look up at the sun. Don’t do it unless you have NASA-approved eclipse glasses.
Ordinary sunglasses won’t shield your eyes from irreparable damage. The welding helmet you wear to fix seat frames may be slightly better, but is still not ideal.
“Eclipse glasses need to be compliant with ISO 123-12 and must be purchased from an authorized manufacturer,” says Hot Rod Network. “That is the correct, safe way to view the eclipse. If your welding helmet has a Shade 12 or higher filter, NASA suggests it is safe for limited viewing of the eclipse. During viewing, a Shade 13 is the sweets spot, as the Shade 14 will be too dark and the Shade 12 might be uncomfortable.”
Experts say staring at the sun can cause a condition called solar retinopathy, which can decrease vision or even blind you. Staring at the sun during a solar eclipse can be even worse.
“It’s dangerous to stare into the sun – sometimes vision comes back, and sometimes it doesn’t,” Jason Comander, associate director of Mass. Eye and Ear’s Inherited Retinal Disorders Service, told The Boston Globe.
Whether you’re matching fabric colors or sitting behind a sewing machine, good vision is necessary to success in the craft of auto upholstery. Don’t put your livelihood at risk by staring at today’s solar eclipse without the correct protective eyewear.
Of course, the safest way to view the eclipse is on NASA’s website, where it’s being live streamed.
ahhah good idea but we must use it at own own risk and good article
i think the helmets must be used for their main purpose anyways nice information
myhelmets guide says
thanks for this info
very well explained
harry carter says
thanks for this article.
welding helmets says
yes sometimes it is good but not always that we use welding helmets to view eclipse
welding glasses says
yes and the welding glasses are very good to see eclipse
James Welder says
I have never thought before to use the welding helmet for viewing the eclipse, this post completely changed my view of thinking from now.
Nice article , learned a lot thanks for sharing
Well researched content. Thank you for sharing. Keep sharing.