(KTEN) — Although the total solar eclipse that will darken much of Texoma might look eye-catching, be mindful that a little sliver of sunlight could lead to permanent blindness.

Optometrists are urging eclipse watchers to put on specially designed solar eclipse eyeglasses, or make a pinhole camera to safely have fun viewing the sky spectacular.

Besides glasses and crafts, it's also recommended to put down your phone. The high sunlight exposure can reflect off your screen, damaging both your eyesight and your smartphone's camera.

As for telescope enthusiasts, don't aim any lens at the sun without special filters designed for a solar eclipse.

And at any time after the eclipse, see your optometrist immediately if you notice a change in your vision.