In Your Corner: How to spot fake eclipse glasses

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In Your Corner: How to spot fake eclipse glasses

The American Astronomical Society has a list of companies that either make eclipse viewers that have been specifically reviewed by the AAS, and retailers who only sell genuine glasses.

"Because right now I'm anxious about people's eyes", Jim Manning said, a Richland County councilmember.

It's true, the Richland County solar eclipse glasses are not certified by NASA.

Unfortunately, the AAS has received reports of fake glasses that also display the code, so it's not quite enough to make sure you're safe. However, for some, it still raises red flags. Just a few seconds of looking at a solar eclipse can do lasting damage.

It's an interesting phenomenon in itself; when Landmark Park announced it had eclipse glasses for sale, a line quickly materialize, snaking out of the park gates and onto the side of the highway.

Feinberg said some of the eclipse glasses being sold online that are labeled as being ISO compliant for eclipse viewing (which should be marked with safety standard number ISO 12312-2) are actually marked with safety standard number ISO 12312-1, which is designated for "ordinary" sunglasses. Each council member was given about 500 of them to distribute. And so, I will not be wearing them. A 12-year-old girl was taken to the emergency room with blurry vision after she spent a minute looking directly at the sun. AAS says the glasses manufactured by Solar Eclipse International have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO international safety standard.

"The problem with the fakes is that we don't know if they've been tested properly", he said. If the glasses let through any light other than the sun's - even a little bit - they may not be safe.

You may have already bought heavily-shaded glasses to help you view Monday's solar eclipse, but if you aren't sure whether or not they're safe, you may want to check your receipts.

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