Solar Eclipse Safety Precautions, 3 New Eye Drops, and the Arrival of Waldo

Solar Eclipse Safety Precautions, 3 New Eye Drops, & the Arrival of Waldo

Welcome to what’s trending in eye care, brought to you by and 20/20 Glance! I’m Dr. Ryan Corte, here to bring you the news!

Did you know you can permanently damage your vision while viewing the solar eclipse?

Yes, yes it’s true. Staring at the sun (or a partial solar eclipse) is a BAD idea! In fact, doing so can lead to solar retinopathy and can cause permanent damage to your central vision.

Not. Good.

Wait, what exactly is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse is when the moon partially (or fully) blocks the sun and casts a shadow onto the earth.

Why is it important?

Because it rarely happens and is one of natures most beautiful sites to see!

When does it occur?

On Monday, August 21st, 2017 (see the NASA map below for more specific viewing times).

How can I directly yet safely view it?

Here's what a partial solar eclipse looks like.

During a partial solar eclipse (i.e. when the moon partially blocks the sun)

  • Only wearing eclipse filters (i.e. special-purpose solar filters).
    • Make sure to wear eclipse filters that meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. However, here is a list of additional reputable vendors.
    • Note: DO NOT look at a partial solar eclipse with your naked eye! This includes while wearing your contact lenses, glasses or sunglasses.

Here is what a total solar eclipse looks like.

During a total solar eclipse (i.e. when the moon completely blocks the sun)

  • With the naked eye or wearing eclipse filters (if you want to be on the safe side).
    • Note: This will only occur for a few minutes and you have to be viewing from the “path of totality” (highlighted as the grey line in the image below).
Here is a map of the 2017 solar eclipse path of totality

Do your eyes ever burn or itch? If so, check out these NEW eye drops!

NEW Refresh Optive Mega-3


Allergan recently launched REFRESH OPTIVE® Mega-3. This new dry eye drop is designed to nourish all three layers of your tears. It also helps prevent the evaporation of tears from your eye.


The Mentholatum Company released ROHTO® DRY-AIDTM. Commonly known for creating eye drops with redness relief and cooling effects, this is the first dry eye drop in the ROHTO® portfolio.


Zyrtec is an eye drop was recently approved for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis. The eye drop is called ZERVIATE and the anticipated release date is still TBD.

Here is an image of the new Waldo daily contact lenses

Still a fan of the children’s book “where’s Waldo?”

Apparently so are these guys. The London based contact lens startup, Waldo, is looking to follow the subscription model similar to Hubble contacts.

The company compares their lenses to Acuvue 1-Day Moist and is currently offering new customers a 1-month free trial.

That’s all for what’s trending in eye care! Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates coming soon.

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for and is a co-founder of Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.