Where to get solar eclipse glasses before the August 21 event

Local Eye Clinic Warns Public About Potential Fake Eclipse Glasses

The American Astronomical Society said earlier this week that it updated its safety advice "in response to alarming reports" of unsafe "eclipse viewers" popping up online.

While millions of Americans will watch the solar eclipse on August 21, ophthalmologists are cautioning people about the permanent damage that can be done to vision from looking at the sun without protective glasses.

And there's another warning: Counterfeit eclipse glasses that look like the real thing, but may not protect your eyes properly.

For more information on how to view the 2017 solar eclipse safely, visit NASA's website.

The organization says buyers should be skeptical of glasses even if they're stamped with an ISO seal - which has been used in the past to indicate which glasses comply with standards set by the International Organization for Standardization.

"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.

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As you undoubtedly learned back in preschool, you should never, ever look directly at the sun.

If you plan on watching the eclipse, you need to purchase special eclipse glasses that are being sold online and in stores. The AAS recognizes that bogus pair of solar viewers have been "flooding the market". And if you're in an area with 100% totality, you still need proper glasses to watch the process of the moon covering the sun and then leaving (a process that takes a couple of hours or more).

"It's very important to wear these glasses because your eyes are precious, your vision is precious", he said.

No matter how you see it, this eclipse can change your perspective.

On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire United States for the first time since 1918.

We can't say it enough, so now we have an eye doctor telling you.

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