If you are planning to watch the solar eclipse on Monday, be careful with your eyes, and here's how to protect yourself.

The Great Solar Eclipse will be happening Monday August 21st, it starts at 9am on west coast and should be about 80% eclipse here in Michigan (if weather permits). The eclipse should be in our area around 2pm - 2:30pm.

Many people will be headed outside to watch it and experts warn looking directly into the sun can cause eye damage that can last a lifetime. According to MLive, Dr. El-Sanhouri at L.O Eye care, says wearing sunglasses won’t be enough to protect your eyes, and using a phone to capture the moment might damage it.

Instead, he recommends using certified eclipse glasses, or building a pinhole projector as an indirect way to watch.