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Tips to avoid buying counterfeit glasses for upcoming solar eclipse

We are just one week away from the solar eclipse. It will be the first total eclipse to cross the U.S. from coast to coast in 99 years. Although we will only see a partial one here in Michiana, you want to make sure you have proper protection.

NASA sent out a warning that Americans are purchasing unsafe viewing glasses ahead of the event on August 21st.

Looking directly at a solar eclipse without protection is dangerous. Doctors say it could burn a hole in the back of your eye and leave permanent damage.

On Sunday, Amazon said they’re taking action against potential knock-offs. The company has contacted and issued refunds to customers who purchased glasses on their website that “may not comply with industry standards.”

The American Astronomical Society says they’ve updated their safety advice.

To help crack down on fraudulent glasses, they’ve created a verified list of vendors which can be found HERE.

Here are some tips:

  • Purchase a pair from a U.S. manufacturer (American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony)
  • Make sure the glasses have an ISO certification. But, experts say there are some counterfeits that have an ISO certification logo printed on it. Make sure it is from one of the verified companies listed by the AAS.
  • If the lenses are scratched or wrinkled, don’t use them.
  • To test the glasses for damage, experts suggest holding a pair up to your car headlights at nighttime to ensure no light comes through.
  • Homemade filters or your typical pair of sunglasses should NOT be used or worn.

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