Solar eclipse safety tips

For the first time in almost 100 years on August 21st, a total solar eclipse will stretch across the US, but Astronomers and eye doctors say you should be prepared.

They highly recommend wearing protective glasses to keep your eyes safe when looking at the sun.  Some caution, though, because as demand for these glasses have skyrocketed, scams have entered the market.

Look for glasses with an 'ISO' icon.  Make sure you can clearly see the manufacturer's name and make sure you read up on how to watch the eclipse safely, even with the approved eyewear.

Dr. David N. Ross, Optometrist, warns, "do not use a camera, set of binoculars, telescope, even your cell phone, do not view through these even if you're wearing the ISO stamped approved protective eyewear because they are only geared to protect you through normal viewing."

Also be sure to check the glasses for scratches or cracks to ensure safety and follow any safety instructions that come with your safety filter device.

For more safety tips and for a list of approved protective eyewear, please visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.


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