Eclipse warning:"That's where it fries when you look at the sun"

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The day is drawing near where everyone across the U.S. gets a chance to set their eyes to the skies to catch the solar eclipse.

But there’s a right way to do it and a wrong way.

Looking at the sun during the eclipse can be blinding, and here’s the thing, you may not even know it.

That’s why doctors say the right type of glasses are so important and can save your child's sight.

The last time something like this happened, was in 1918.

A complete solar eclipse will span the entire width of the united states on august 21st.

While it’s prime viewing time for people like Alana Cool and her daughter Brinley.

Eye specialist Marcela Frazier with UAB's Callahan Eye Hospital Clinic says don’t look up yet.

There are some important things to know first.

"In order to stare directly at it, you must have the appropriate protection, eclipse sun glasses," said Frazier.

The glasses should have an ISO rating with a reference number 12312-2.

In Alabama we won’t have a total eclipse, so it’s important to wear the glasses at all times.

"Children's eyes have not finished development, they also have clear media, so the rays of the sun can actually get through to the retina more easily," said Frazier.

"I know moms... and moms are probably going to want to know and they're probably not even realizing, they’re just excited about it," said Cool.

So parents something to keep in mind - the height of the eclipse for people in the Birmingham area will happen at 1:30 PM meaning children will be in school.

"Being...inside a classroom and looking at it through a window is not protected enough," said Friazier.

So you may want to have a talk with your Child's teacher, even send a pair of shades with your student.

Another tip - make sure the glasses are no older than 3 years and don't look at the eclipse for more than 3 minutes at a time.

Otherwise, enjoy the once in a lifetime experience.

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