Viewing an Eclipse isn’t worth your eyesight

You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that an eclipse is about to light up (I suppose that “light up” isn’t quite accurate here) the sky in a couple of weeks. ¬†Certainly Amazon has noticed. Apparently sales of eclipse viewing glasses and goggles have gone through the roof and here’s the problem. Anytime there’s a lot of money to be made, there’s someone willing to do whatever it takes to get that money.

According to NASA only shade 14 or 16 welding lenses are safe for directly viewing the eclipse. There are legitimate ISO 12312-2 compliant glasses being sold on Amazon but just because it has the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) label on it doesn’t mean that it actually is ISO compliant. Some unscrupulous sellers are printing the ISO label and putting them on glasses that are not safe for viewing the eclipse directly.

While Amazon says that it is trying to make sure that no fake glasses are being sold (as best it can), some people are claiming to be receiving questionable glasses.

Please be careful! It isn’t worth going blind!