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Your eyes are important, and so is this message. It should not scare you away from viewing the eclipse, but it should scare you enough that you take all proper precautions in protecting your eyes, and the eyes of those for whom you have direct responsibility, from the Sun!
Every statement and recommendation on this site regarding viewing the eclipse is understood to contain the caveat that proper precautions regarding eye safety will have been taken by the observer, and that it is the observer's full responsibility to ensure that at all times while any part of the sun's photosphere (bright disk) is visible, will they observe it directly ONLY with suitable protective equipment, like the ones given away by Organic Excellence and/or obtainable from eclipse2017.org and reputable third parties also noted on their site.
Organic Excellence considers eye safety to be one of the most important aspects of successfully viewing a total eclipse, and understands the massive amount of misinformation that is out there regarding this critical subject. We also understand that governmental agencies, schools, and professional organizations universally adopt the most conservative approach possible when advising the public - namely, never to look at the Sun, ever, under any circumstances, with any type of device, no matter what. Reconciling that with the absolute fact that every day, solar astronomers successfully point their equipment at the Sun and perform direct solar viewing without any harm to their eyes whatsoever, is a very difficult challenge. We will nevertheless make the attempt, because correct information and education is always the best course of action to follow in undertaking an exploration of any adventure in life. A total eclipse is one of those adventures, and so we will continue to attempt to combat misinformation with facts.
IT IS NEVER SAFE TO LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT PROTECTION AT ANY TIME
WHEN ANY PARTOF ITS BRIGHT DISK IS VISIBLE.
The responsibility for following all safety precautions in using any suitable solar viewing equipment or methods, and in following proven safe viewing practices, lies solely with the person who owns the eyes that are viewing the eclipse! Please read all information contained on the eclipse2017.org website PRIOR to using the Eclipse Glasses, said information is part of our Instructions for Use herein. While they have compiled a good amount of reliable information for your viewing safety, it is important to recognize and acknowledge that you alone are responsible for the safety of your eyes. You alone are responsible for 1) determining the suitability for use, 2) obtaining sufficient training to achieve mastery in use, and 3) proper actual use of any and all equipment employed for the preservation of your eyesight.
The ONLY safe time to look at an eclipse with the naked eye is during the TOTAL phase of a TOTAL eclipse. And even then, you must ALWAYS use eye protection any time any piece of the Sun's bright disk is visible. It is NEVER safe to look at the partial phases of an eclipse without proper protection. Seeing a total eclipse can in fact be done quite safely with proper eye protection. But if you choose to stare at the Sun, outside of the window of time that it is being covered completely by the moon, and/or without proper equipment and techniques to ensure your safety, then you will likely do damage to your eyes. So don't do that.
IT IS OK TO WATCH A TOTAL ECLIPSE -
BUT ONLY IF YOU DO IT SAFELY!
Please read the Instructions for Use on the glasses and the manufactures website carefully before using the Eclipse Glasses. Your receipt and use of the Eclipse Glasses constitutes your agreement to these terms and conditions. Failure to follow the Instructions for Use may result in serious personal injury, including permanent eye damage. If you do not understand these Instructions or cannot follow them diligently and completely, then you should not look at the Sun at any time, with or without Eclipse Glasses.
The term “Eclipse Glasses” refers to the special cardboard-and-polymer optical products, marked “SAFE FOR DIRECT SOLAR VIEWING”, manufactured by Rainbow Symphony of Reseda CA, and provided as a promotional giveaway by Organic Excellence for the purpose of viewing the Sun during the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, by or under the direct supervision of a person 18 years of age or above and in accordance with the Instructions for Use.
Observing the Sun directly, without the benefit of eye protection provided by the Eclipse Glasses, will likely result in serious personal injury, up to and including permanent eye damage and blindness. When the Instructions for Use are followed completely and precisely, the undamaged and unmodified Eclipse Glasses has been proven to be safe and effective in allowing direct, short-term, viewing of the Sun. If the Instructions for Use are not followed, or if damaged, scratched or modified Eclipse Glasses are used, permanent eye injury could result.
You should never look directly at the Sun, with or without the aid of the Eclipse Glasses, if you have any temporary or permanent medical or other condition which either (1) prevents your use of the Eclipse Glasses according to the Instructions for Use , or (2) which predisposes you to an increased or special risk of incurring, worsening, or contributing to the effects of any optical or other medical, health, or other condition, by looking or attempting to look at the Sun.
You should never attempt to perform any other activity (such as driving or walking) while using the Eclipse Glasses.
You agree that if you let others use the Eclipse Glasses, you will provide each such user with a copy of the Instructions for Use and will make sure such user reads and understands the Instructions for Use before using the Eclipse Glasses.
By using the Eclipse Glasses to view the Sun, you agree with the following:
(a) you understand the Instructions for Use completely;
(b) you understand and accept all the risks associated with improper and proper use of the Eclipse Glasses;
(c) you accept full responsibility for, and assume all risks associated with, the act of viewing the Sun, with or without the use of the Eclipse Glasses; and
(d) the Eclipse Glasses are fragile and any damage to them (including but not limited to scratches, cracks or holes) or modification of it will render it immediately and permanently unusable for its intended purpose and you agree NOT to use said damaged Eclipse Glasses under any circumstance.
By way of receiving and using the Eclipse Glasses, you are irrevocably releasing, indemnifying, and holding harmless the manufacturer, seller and Organic Excellence from any liability, loss, claim and expense (including attorney's fees), including but not limited to bodily injury or other personal harm, which may result from using the Eclipse Glasses under any circumstances or conditions and irrespective of jurisdiction. Neither the manufacturer nor the seller or Organic Excellence will be responsible for any damages of any kind, irrespective of reasons, conditions or circumstances, including malfunctioning of the Eclipse Glasses. All risks associated with using the Eclipse Glasses rest solely and entirely with the user, irrespective of whether the Eclipse Glasses is used by the original recipient or any third party. You fully understand and assume the risks in using the Eclipse Glasses. You confirm that you have read this release of liability and fully understand its terms and that you have given up substantial rights by receiving and using the Eclipse Glasses.
ORGANIC EXCELLENCE, THE MANUFACTURER AND THE SELLER OF THE ECLIPSE GLASSES MAKE NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE ECLIPSE GLASSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGMENT. NEITHER THE MANUFACTURER NOR THE SELLER SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE AND STRICT LIABILITY), SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR BENEFITS RESULTING FROM, OR ARISING OUT OF, OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR FURNISHING OF THE ECLIPSE GLASSES OR THE PERFORMANCE, USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SAME, EVEN IF ORGANIC EXCELLENCE, THE MANUFACTURER OR THE SELLER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL ORGANIC EXCELLENCE, THE MANUFACTURER’S OR THE SELLER’S TOTAL LIABILITY EXCEED THE PRICE PAID FOR THE PRODUCT.