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Beware Of Eclipse Glasses

Aug 15, 2017

Beware Of Eclipse Glasses

This article has been resurfaced on OE…as an important reminder. If you want to see the annular eclipse at sunrise on June 10, 2021, we recommend staring at the stunning photos of this ring of fire, instead of trusting a pair of eclipse glasses.

On August 21 for the first time since 1918, a solar eclipse will darken the daytime sky. This celestial event will be viewable by a billion eyeballs across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The rare opportunity has created a frenzy for manufacturers of special eclipse glasses.

Tens of millions of eclipse glasses have been sold, with the most popular starting at prices under $5. The soaring demand for these special glasses brought out the counterfeiters.  Copycats began showing up on the market. It is unclear how to tell the real from the fake, creating good reason to beware.

We all learn early on that it is very bad to look directly into the sun. Watching a solar eclipse is risky, even with “authentic” eclipse glasses, because you are compelled to stare at the sun. It can definitely damage your vision.  Experts agree, there is no completely safe way to view a solar eclipse. Don’t take the chance. Protecting your sight should always be your priority.

Total Solar Eclipse phases.

Total Solar Eclipse phases.

You don’t have to give up seeing this amazing event entirely. It will surely be one of the year’s most photographed moments. Just wait for a few minutes until the images begin posting online, then go right ahead and stare.

Read more on WSJ…

Counterfeiters Cast A Shadow On Booming Sales of Eclipse Glasses

This article was originally published on Aug 15, 2017 and resurfaced Jun 9, 2021.

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.



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