While many people are excited to view the solar eclipse on Monday morning, it’s important not to forget to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays. LSU Health New Orleans retina specialist Maria Reinoso says to look at the eclipse with your eyes, make sure you wear glasses that are ISO 12312-2 certified because regular sunglasses aren’t enough.
“It causes damage to of the macular where the central vision is and it’s actually permanent damage.
There have been recalls of certain glasses that claim to be certified to protect your eyes during the eclipse. Even library officials in Calcasieu had to warn the public to throw away the glasses they received from the parish braches. Reinoso says a good way to check if your glasses are ISO 12312-2, you should be able to see absolutely no light when you put them on.
“So if you look at something that’s similar to the brightest of the sun, bright LED light with your glasses on, you should be able to just see a little flicker of the light with it and it should be not blurry or not having glitter around it.”
For a list of approved vendors of solar eclipse glasses, visit the American Astronomical Association’s website. Reinoso says it’s important to double check your glasses for protection before looking at the eclipse on Monday.
“Make sure they’re not scratched, make sure to put them on and test them. Look at the sun and make sure there is absolutely no light coming from any other light source that is not as bright as the sun.”