NASA reminds public to use ISO-certified eclipse glasses for safe viewing

Gwen Vasquez
August 13, 2017

The eclipse will be visible here from about noon to 3 p.m. Maximum coverage will happen at 1 p.m. Never look directly at the sun without eclipse glasses or solar viewers that are certified as safe.

Experiencing a solar eclipse requires care: Looking at the sun during the eclipse - or at any other time - without the proper protective gear can cause eye damage, NASA said.

"Look for ISO 12312-2 to be printed on the product".

"Don't use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses".

One easy way to check if your eclipse glasses are safe is to see if they have the ISO logo on them. If they don't, then you may have been scammed.

Read and follow all directions that come with your glasses or filters.

As the big event nears, demand for solar glasses is at an all-time high and an alarming number of fake glasses have entered the market.

Several libraries are giving away the glasses for free. Do not remove them while looking at the sun.

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Solar eclipse glasses distributed by Northeast Community College are certified and safe for viewing the Monday, Aug. 21, eclipse.

Watching the eclipse with glasses that haven't met certain qualifications can lead to eye damage.

To help the community safely view the August 21 eclipse, Yorkshire Eye Clinic is giving away free eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-serve basis. He received a recall email Saturday morning at 7:28 a.m. The clinic is located at 2311 Yorkshire Drive.

Free solar eclipse viewing glasses will be given out to participants, while supplies last.

They are also available for purchase at the Children's Museum of South Dakota gift shop, Wal-Mart, Lowe's and Casey's General Stores.

"We've SOLD OUT of Eclipse Glasses!"

If you normally wear eyeglasses, put the eclipse-viewing glasses over them or hold the hand-held solar viewer in front of them. "Old fashioned pinhole viewers work just as good. and and they cost nothing".

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