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On April 8th, 2024, the celestial shadow of the moon will sweep across the continent directly in front of the sun, resulting in a solar eclipse over part of North America. According to NASA, this eclipse looks to be the most viewed ever as the trajectory/pathway of the eclipse will cross 15 states, including Illinois. The Chicago area is expected to see a 90% eclipse of the sun shortly after 2:00 pm. There are helpful tables created that demonstrate the time and location of the event as it is unfolding.

These events are fascinating for many people and generate great amounts of excitement.

As we all cast our eyes to the spectacular skies on April 8th, the most important thing to keep in mind is being prepared to view the eclipse safely. Serious and even permanent damage can occur to your eyes if proper precautions are not taken.

  • NEVER look directly at the sun during an eclipse without proper eye protection.
  • NEVER look directly at the sun through a camera (including phones) without the proper solar filter
  • Sunglasses must be certified as ISO 12312-2 to be deemed safe for eclipse viewing
  • Live Streams are a safe alternative method to view the eclipse

For more information, The American Academy of Ophthalmology has some helpful resources and recommendations for how to view this experience safely with your friends and families.

If you experience any concerning symptoms with your vision after viewing the eclipse, then please contact Wheaton Eye Clinic for an evaluation. We hope that you have a safe and captivating experience viewing the total solar eclipse this year!


Wheaton Eye Clinic’s unparalleled commitment to excellence is evident in our continued growth. Today we provide world-class medical and surgical care to patients in six suburban locations—Wheaton, Naperville, Hinsdale, Plainfield, St. Charles, and Bartlett.

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