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Fake solar eclipse glasses are on the market, how to keep your eyes safe

Fake solar eclipse glasses are on the market, how to keep your eyes safe

TRI-CITIES, Wash. – Washington and Oregon are perfect viewing points for the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

However, optometrists explain if you look directly at the eclipse without protection it could burn your retina, causing loss of vision and even blindness. There is no treatment for this damage.

Dr. Laura Winkel, with Grand Ridge Eye Clinic in Pasco, said when viewing the solar eclipse, you must wear protective eye ware, also known as solar eclipse glasses.

"Regular sunglasses are not going to give the protection that they need to prevent damage to the retina, so it has to be solar eclipse approved eye ware," Winkel said.

Winkel stresses that not all solar eclipse glasses are equal.

She said you must look for the eye safety certification on the glasses, meeting the requirement for ISO. It will read "Meets the Requirement for ISO 12312-2:2015" and "SAFE FOR DIRECT SOLAR VIEWING."

To learn more about the Great American Eclipse, visit Dr. Winkel’s blog.

More information can be found at the following links:

greatamericaneclipse.com

eclipse2017.nasa.gov


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