Doctors Stress Proper Eye Protection For Viewing Solar Eclipse

Ebony Scott
August 12, 2017

As you undoubtedly learned back in preschool, you should never, ever look directly at the sun.

The first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century happens the morning of August 21.

"I think the biggest thing to know is that you can potentially hurt your eyes if you watch the solar eclipse without protective eyewear", said Dr. Kimberly Stepien, a retina specialist with UW Health.

But as demand for these glasses has skyrocketed, scams have entered the market.

The American Astronomical Society has created a list of reputable brands that you can find here, after scammers started stamping phony knockoffs with the global safety stamps.

NASA endorses eclipse glasses that are certified by the International Organization for Standardization, denoted as ISO-12312-2.

Leonard Bates was nine years old when he saw his first eclipse and the 80-year-old made his own viewer instead of using solar glasses.

Some vendors are even going so far as to put falsified test results on their websites to support their bogus claims, AAS said.

If you plan on watching the eclipse, you need to purchase special eclipse glasses that are being sold online and in stores.

Doctors Stress Proper Eye Protection For Viewing Solar Eclipse

While the eclipse will only reach 85 percent of southern Wisconsin, the risk of vision loss still exists if protective eyewear is not used.

If you got your glasses or filter from somewhere such as a library, a science museum or a planetarium, you're probably safe. They include 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Lowe's and Walmart.

Each workshop will run about two hours and children will cycle through several astronomy and space camp-like situations and view the eclipse that is occurring on that date. According to AAS Press Officer and task-force representative Rick Fienberg, there may be some legitimate suppliers not on their list yet only because they "have no knowledge of them or that we haven't convinced ourselves they're safe". When you put them on without looking at the sun, you should see NOTHING - just BLACK.

You'll need to travel to Georgia's most northeastern counties, including Union and Rabun, to see the total eclipse.

Ordinary sunglasses are not up to snuff.

The group recommends only using a welding mask if you're certain of its "shade number", an indication of how dark the mask's tint is.

Patricia Spencer, Lewis and Clark Library Public Information Officer, believes that people's feelings about the eclipse will change during the actual experience.

The business said the recall only applies to the Vision Source eclipse glasses sold last week.

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