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.
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.
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About the Author
Dorrie Rush is a Visual Accessibility Expert and progressive proponent for Universal Access and Inclusive Design. 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.