Fake eclipse glasses could be dangerous

Published: Aug. 9, 2017 at 10:43 AM CDT
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Millions of Americans will be staring up at the sky on August 21st, when a rare total solar eclipse will be visible in certain parts of the country, including Wyoming.

It’s important to note that you’ll need special glasses to protect your eyes, however NASA is already seeing lots of fakes on the market, that could be dangerous. Experts are seeing the glasses sold both in stores and online, Alex Young is a Solar Astrophysicist with NASA. He says if those fake glasses are used, they could seriously hurt your eyes.

"They damage the cells in your eyes, they damage your retinas, and the damage can be permanent."

To make sure your glasses are safe: look for a certified ISO icon and the number 12312-2 to make sure they properly block the light. It's also important that the lenses are not scratched or damaged so you can see the eclipse without hurting your sight.

Around 7,000 libraries across the U.S. are distributing safety-certified glasses. The Laramie County library is one of them, along with the Cheyenne Eye Clinic.