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Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

A Total Eclipse of the Sun

An eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun. On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible to the entirety of North America. The partial eclipse will last about 2 – 3 hours. At the half way point, anyone lucky enough to be in the 70 mile wide path that passes through Oregon and extends across the United States to South Carolina will see a total solar eclipse!

Here in Seattle we anticipate this event will begin at about 9:09am local time, lasing until approximately 11:39am. We expect a partial eclipse at 10:19am, featuring 92% solar obscurity that will last about 2 minutes. This is wonderful opportunity to experience this very rare event!

We want to encourage you to take advantage of this rare opportunity, and remind you of a few safety precautions to ensure you’re able to enjoy the event without risking your precious eyesight! We’ve listed a few quick tips here, as well as a poster of the expected eclipse path, with some specific details particular to our viewing here in Seattle. And as a reminder, the store will be closed in observation of this extraordinary experience!

Viewing Tips for an Eclipse

  • Looking directly at the sun without eye protection can cause serious eye damage or blindness.
  • Sunglasses DO NOT provide the protection you need to view the eclipse or look directly at the sun at any time.
  • To safely view the sun directly, use solar viewing glasses, “eclipse glasses” or other verified solar filters.
  • Never view the disk of the sun through a telescope, binoculars, or camera with out a proper solar filter. Solar viewing glasses DO NOT substitute for a proper solar filter on magnification devices.

We are happy to provide you, our valued customers, FREE eclipse viewing glasses with every purchase *
 through August 21st! We also have printed versions of our Seattle Viewing Map (download) available in store. Come see us today to get your glasses and learn more about the Solar Eclipse!

4 Your Eyes Only 2017 Seattle Eclipse Map (TABLOID Poster: 11x17")

More information from NASA (maps, tools, safety, etc.)

*One pair of certified solar viewing glasses included with each purchase, while supplies last. See store for details.

Get Ready for the Sun

Spectacular Summer Sunglasses

The summer sun has just begun!

We have carefully selected some spectacular sunglasses for the summer season.
We love the latest in ultra-light titanium technology from Modo and OGI.
The extraordinary mineral lens options from Etnia and Vuarnet.
The unmistakable vintage restorations from RetroSpecs.

And of course we can add your prescription to any of these sunglasses for the ultimate summer convenience.

But did you know we can make any optical frame into sunglasses, too?

It's true! Any of the optical frame we have can be made to shade the sun with tinted lenses, transition lenses, or custom clip-ons! We offer a variety of to customize your prescription sunglasses options with finishes ranging from matte frames to colorful mirrored lenses.

Still can't find the perfect frames for your summer sunnies? That's okay!
The fun has just begun.

Bespoke Eyewear

We offer fully customized frames from Walter Wissing & Co.

Select your favorite frame shape and combine over 1200 unique colors of acetate in any way imaginable to create your very own design. The brilliant artisans in Germany will bring your creation to life in a unique piece of art. One of a kind glasses, handmade to your exacting standards.

Custom Bespoke Eyewear: Walter Wissing & Co. Custom Clip-ons: Custom-Eyes LA Custom frames from Walter Wissing & Co. Custom clip-ons from Custom-Eyes LA.

2017 Holiday Hours

We will be closed to observe these holidays this year.

Holiday Day    Date
Independence Day       Tuesday          July, 4      
Solar Eclipse Monday    August, 21
Labor Day Monday    September, 4
Thanksgiving Day Thursday    November, 23
Christmas Eve Sunday    December, 24
Christmas Day Monday    December, 25
New Years Day Monday    January 1, 2018

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