Buying The Correct Solar Eclipse Glasses

Dr. John Berdahl: "you need to use ISO certified glasses"

Vance Thompson Vision will also be handing out 1,000 pairs of glasses on August 21 during their solar eclipse watch party Monday at 1:01 p.m.

TO RSVP TO THE VANCE THOMPSON ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY AND RECEIVE FREE GLASSES, CLICK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/340412639715047/

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s the most anticipated event of the summer: The total solar eclipse, and it’s now less than a week away. With the excitement building, many are going out to buy special eclipse glasses to view the activity safely, but it turns out, there are some fake versions being sold.

“It is frustrating if someone takes advantage of an opportunity that people are going to want to buy these things, but aren’t providing safety,” says Dr. John Berdahl, MD, with Vance Thompson Vision.

Amazon is refunding customers who bought safety glasses that don’t actually meet safety standards. But what about those who purchased glasses outside of the online shopping site?

One way to check the glasses is to simply put them on. Dr. Berdahl says you should not be able to see anything in front of you, except for the sun.

“[The glasses] block out 99.9 percent of the light so they are very dense glasses,” says Dr. Berdahl.

Berdahl says to also look for one particular label; “you need to use ISO certified glasses to look at [the solar eclipse].”

The glasses need to have the International Standards label 12312-2 on them. Otherwise, Berdahl says looking at the sun can cause permanent damage within seconds.

“The permanent damage is a whole in the center of your vision, so right where you want to look, you can’t see things,” says Berdahl. “You’re peripheral vision is intact, but the central vision is what we use most.”

Even with the proper glasses on, Berdahl suggests taking breaks between viewing the action. And since we’ll only see a partial solar eclipse here, meaning it won’t get completely dark outside, he says, “it is never safe to look at the sun during the solar eclipse here in Sioux Falls.”

To find where you can purchase eclipse glasses that meet the safety standards click here.

Vance Thompson Vision will also be handing out 1,000 pairs of glasses on August 21 during their solar eclipse watch party.

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