BEACON TRANSCRIPT – This month, Americans will enjoy the breathtaking view of a total solar eclipse. On August 21st, America will plunge into total darkness on a line expanding from Oregon to South Carolina. Before going to enjoy the amazing astronomic spectacle, make sure your eyes are protected. To avoid permanent damage to your eyes, make sure you choose special viewing glasses.
If you look at the sky when the moon covers the sun completely, your eyes are safe. However, before the moon gets into that position, it’s mandatory for you to wear protection for your eyes. You still need to be careful, as you should make sure you have chosen the suitable protective glasses which can really keep your eyes safe.
The American Astronomical Society advises people to be extremely careful with the viewing gear they choose, as they can risk their sight. The society has discovered how many companies who commercialize viewing equipment add fake ISO stickers and promote their products as safer than they actually are. Therefore, it advises people to buy glasses only from official sellers who collaborate with the society.
How to see if your viewing glasses are safe
However, this doesn’t mean all sellers of viewing gear have unsafe products. It just means that the society is not aware of them, and cannot guarantee they are 100 percent safe. If you have already purchased special glasses, you can check their safety yourselves.
Use them to look at the lights in your home. If you can see the light bulb, you are wearing a pair of unsafe viewing glasses. Such a pair of glasses should also show you the sun out of focus, and surrounded by a haze. However, it’s not advisable to test them during the eclipse, as you risk permanent damage to your eyes.
If the glasses you have already bought are unsafe, you might not be happy to change them. Even so, it’s important that you do it, as you put your own vision in danger. If you expose your eyes too much without wearing proper protection, you can even go blind.
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