Staying safe during the total solar eclipse

Local Eye Clinic Warns Public About Potential Fake Eclipse Glasses

Local Eye Clinic Warns Public About Potential Fake Eclipse Glasses

The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers.

Ophthalmologists are spreading the word on how to safely view the solar eclipse on August 21.

The third way to observe the eclipse is with glasses created to block the harmful rays of the sun from one's eyes. Of course, as we're sure you've heard, there's a dark side to trying to get a glimpse of the eclipse.

There are several ways to do so, including using one's hands to make a screen to help focus on a shadow of the eclipse on the ground, using a device called a Sunspotter, and wearing special glasses to actually track the eclipse in the sky.

Juliet has issued a recall for eclipse glasses sold from the shop, the group announced on social media.

"Directly staring into the sun, even for a few seconds, can cause significant permanent damage to your eyes", said Dr. Christina Weng, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Baylor.

NASA endorses eclipse glasses that are certified by the International Organization for Standardization, denoted as ISO-12312-2.

Some of the places AAS recommends to shop online are EclipseGlasses.com, Celestron, Explore Scientific and Meade Instruments.

So, the best piece of advice the AAS has is to purchase solar viewers from vendors they recommend. We will only see a partial eclipse on the Central Coast, meaning plenty of sun will still shine through - all the more reason to protect your eyes while looking skyward. The moon will block the sun and turn daylight into darkness. "Helena is right in the path to view the solar eclipse so I think it's going to be pretty exciting outside and watching it and experiencing it as a community". "Don't wait until the last minute to attain your filter or eclipse glasses".

"For instance, if you were looking at the word "CAT", they may be able to see the "C" and the "T", but miss the "A".