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How To Spot Fake and Low Quality Solar Eclipse Glasses

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Here in New York, everyone can’t wait for the Solar Eclipse on August 21st. In order to watch that eclipse safely, you need the proper eye gear. Some companies are selling fake glasses that will damage your eyes. Here’s what to watch out for so you don’t get scammed. 

According to WYMT, there are only five companies approved by NASA to sell these glasses: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17. If you are buying glasses outside of these companies, you should proceed with caution.

Tom Cravens at the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky said there are ways to avoid these fake glasses.

“If they purchase solar eclipse glasses on Amazon or whatever they are not assured that they are approved glasses,” said Cravens. “They should have that verbiage somewhere on the glasses and the letter and numbers ISO 12312-2.”

Remember, any kind of prolonged observation of the sun can cause damage to your eyes. That’s why its crucial to watch this eclipse the right way.

Thanks to the Space Science Institute, more than 4500 public libraries across the country will have special solar eclipse glasses available. Several libraries in the Utica area will have the cardboard glasses either to “sign out” or to take for free while supplies last.

Also, you could always make your own Solar Eclipse glasses:

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