Will your eclipse-viewing glasses actually protect your eyes?

Solar viewing glasses block more than 99 percent of light

(KUTV) You don't need to tell Jennifer Douring how important sight is. She used to be legally blind.

“If there was an elephant in the room, I wouldn't see it. I’d trip over it," she said.

Laser surgery corrected her vision, which she plans to protect on Aug. 21, 2017 during the Great American Eclipse. Tuesday, she purchased solar viewing glasses from the Clark Planetarium.

Hers are legitimate, but a warning from the Federal Trade Commission, and others, says consumers should beware. Solar viewing glasses are flooding the market that won't actually protect your eyes from the sun's rays.

The best way to protect yourself is to know the code, the FTC says, specifically this code: ISO 12312-2. Legitimate glasses will be stamped with that code, which indicates "the glasses have met an international safety standard and are safe for your eyes."

Legitimate solar viewing glasses will also come with the name and address of manufacturer printed on them, the FTC says.

Mike Sheehan, who runs the Clark Planetarium store, says they've been busy selling the viewing glasses. He worries news of bogus glasses will scare people indoors on eclipse-day.

"I've already heard teachers say, I’m not going to let the kids out of school at all because we don't want them to get hurt,” Sheehan said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event. This isn't going to happen for another 100 years."

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