Where to find safe, inexpensive eclipse glasses

Everyone is buzzing about the upcoming August 21st solar eclipse. Even if you are not in the direct line of the eclipse, many people still want to see at least a partial eclipse.

As a result, demand is soaring for glasses for viewing it.

NASA caution about non-approved eyewear

But before you grab the first pair of “eclipse glasses” you find online, eye professionals are warning you to be careful of non-approved,or even counterfeit glasses that might not provide any protection at all.

Shoppers we spoke with were a bit confused. Dawn Garrison of Northern Kentucky is hearing conflicting advice about what to do.

“I understand we shouldn’t look directly into the sun,” she said,  “so perhaps dark sunglasses maybe might be a good idea.”

But skip the sunglasses, optometrists and experts at NASA say. In fact, they say sunglasses can give a false sense of security, that it is OK to look into the sun if they are dark enough.

The problem is that no pair of sunglasses is dark enough to block the sun’s harmful rays.

Optometrist Josiah Young, of Opticare Vision Center in Newport, said “if you use regular sunglasses you could possibly do some permanent damage to your retina.”
Instead, Young said, search for NASA approved cardboard glasses, with an “ISO” logo.

“I would go off the official NASA recommendation and use  one of their eclipse viewing shades” he said.

Where to find safe glasses

Many libraries and eye doctor offices have been handing out officially approved glasses free of charge, but many of them report they are running out.

You might be able to purchase official glasses for less than $5 at:

  •  Some grocery stores, including Kroger.
  •  Walmart
  •  Home Depot
  •  Lowe’s
  •  Toys R Us

These stores are selling official ISO approved glasses.  For NASA’s full list of recommended glasses, CLICK HERE.

NASA, meantime, has issued an alert about glasses sold by third-party vendors online, where you can’t guarantee they are the real thing and meet the sun blockage standards. It has…

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