Experts Are Warning That Some Solar Eclipse Glasses Can Blind You. Here’s What You Need To Know

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in North America for the first time in 40 years — and pretty much every American is excited.

Those who are in the eclipse’s line and others who are traveling to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon are beginning to gear up. However, there are some very important things you should know.

You might already know that if you want to view the solar eclipse in person, it’s vital that you purchase special solar eclipse glasses that will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Additionally, new information has come out regarding those glasses.

Buying the glasses is only half the battle — you need to be sure you’re buying the right kind.

NASA recently posted a warning for Americans gearing up for the eclipse: faulty glasses could leave you blinded.

The glasses limit the amount of light that enters your eyes from the sun, but poorly made or unofficial ones could seriously damage your eyesight, eventually blinding you.

So how do you make sure your glasses are safe to use? It’s all about the logo. Make sure the side of the glasses says “ISO 12312-2.” Also, be sure the glasses are not scratched or damaged in any way.

If your glasses check all the boxes, then you should be safe to watch the total eclipse. Happy viewing!

Watch the video below to hear from an eye doctor about how to check your glasses, and please SHARE this vide on Facebook to make sure no one gets hurt!

Thumbnail Photo: Wikimedia Commons / NASA

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