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How to spot fake eclipse glasses as total solar eclipse gets closer?

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With the upcoming eclipse, the market is flooded with eclipse glasses, prompting a crucial consumer alert on distinguishing between real and fake protective eyewear. Authentic eclipse glasses are crafted from black polymer, designed to block nearly all harmful infrared and ultraviolet light, ensuring you can’t see your hand when held in front of your face while wearing them.


Key indicators of genuine eclipse glasses include reflective lenses on the outside, black on the inside, and the presence of the ISO seal alongside the number 12312-2. American Paper Optics, a leading manufacturer, always includes its address on real pairs, unlike counterfeit versions that might misuse the APO brand without listing the correct address.

The American Astronomical Society advises purchasing eclipse glasses only through vetted vendors listed on their website to avoid the risk of eye damage from fake glasses. This safety measure is essential to protect your vision during the solar spectacle.



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