Kugler Vision: Do Not View the Total Solar Eclipse Without Special Glasses

Omaha’s Premiere Eyecare Practice Provides 4,000 Pairs of Free Eclipse Glasses to the Public

Omaha, Nebraska –  Kugler Vision, the leading vision correction center in the Midwest, urges anyone who plans to view the August 21 total solar eclipse to have proper eye protection for looking at the sun.

“For most people, a total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it is understandable that people want to be able to see it in detail,” says Lance Kugler, MD, of Kugler Vision. “But there are significant risks to looking at the sun without proper eye protection.” Certified eclipse glasses have filters designed to protect your eyes from ultraviolet visible and infrared rays.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun. A total solar eclipse is when the moon completely blocks the sun, and this month’s event is the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years.

While millions of Americans will be able to see the eclipse of 2017, only those within a narrow slice of the country will experience the total eclipse, in which the sun appears completely blocked out. Nebraska is uniquely positioned for this event.

The eclipse shadow will follow a path starting from north-central Oregon all the way through South Carolina, passing through Nebraska. The southeast corner of our state will be diagonally crossed by the total eclipse, from Scottsbluff to Falls City. About 470 miles of Nebraska will be in the path of totality. For these communities, starting at 1:02 p.m. on Eclipse Day, the sky will go black and the stars will come out for about 90 seconds.

Safety Tips

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Eclipse glasses are the only safe way to view the eclipse. When planning for this rare event, it is important to remember that it is dangerous for your eyes to look at the sun, even during an eclipse, if they are not properly protected with eclipse glasses. Sunglasses are not adequate.

Dr. Kugler is available for comment on the upcoming eclipse and what people can do to protect their eyes.

Kugler Vision to Give Out Thousands of Free Solar Eclipse Glasses

Kugler Vision is going out into the community to provide more than 4,000 free pairs of eclipse glasses for safe viewing.

On August 20, Kugler Vision will be at the UNL Big Red Welcome Street Festival handing out free eclipse glasses, as well as UNL’s Campus Student Observatory, in preparation for the eclipse the following day.

Kugler Vision has also partnered with the Lincoln Saltdogs, an independent, professional minor league baseball team, to provide a one-of-a-kind eclipse viewing experience. Everyone at the Saltdogs game can enjoy this rare sight by safely viewing the eclipse with their free eclipse glasses provided by Kugler Vision.

If you are at one of these events, please stop by the Kugler Vision booth to receive a free pair of eclipse glasses. The 2017 eclipse will be one of the most spectacular natural events you will ever witness.

More About Kugler Vision

Kugler Vision is a world-class refractive surgery center located in the middle of the country, making Omaha a destination for life-changing vision correction. As a patient-centric practice, Kugler Vision offers a holistic approach to vision care. Today, there are seven refractive vision correction procedures available in the United States: LASIK, SMILE, ASA, ICLs, corneal inlays for near vision, refractive lens exchange, and refractive cataract surgery. As the only medical practice in Omaha to specialize in all of them, Kugler Vision is able to offer customized treatment plans for all stages of life. Dr. Kugler serves as the director of refractive surgery for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and regularly participates in FDA clinical trials.  

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Lance Kugler, MD

Lance Kugler, MD, is a specialist in LASIK and vision correction surgery and CEO of Kugler Vision. A proud Omaha native, he is passionate about improving lives through clear vision. Dr. Kugler serves on several national boards, and his practice is recognized internationally as a center of excellence. Dr. Kugler is one of the original founders of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international organization comprised of over 350 of the world’s leading vision correction surgeons; he also served as its first president. In 2019, Dr. Kugler was selected as a TEDx speaker, and delivered a talk in Omaha about the worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness and refractive solutions. Dr. Kugler is an Associate Professor of Refractive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute, has been published in many medical journals, and participates in numerous clinical studies to advance the field of vision correction surgery. Additionally, Dr. Kugler is proud to be a Board Certified Fellow of the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences. Dr. Kugler and his wife are proud parents to five active kids. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, and fine coffee.

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