Eclipse Safety Tips

Eclipse Safety Tips

As you anticipate the thrill of witnessing a solar eclipse, safeguarding your eyes is paramount. Ensure your solar eclipse glasses are up to the task by following these quick and essential tips.

Tip 1:

Look for the ISO 12312-2 certification on your solar eclipse glasses. This international safety standard guarantees that the glasses provide ample protection against harmful solar radiation. Confirm the presence of the ISO logo on the glasses or packaging to ensure their legitimacy.

Tip 2:

Prior to wearing your solar eclipse glasses, conduct a thorough inspection for any signs of damage, scratches, or wear. Any scratches or cuts to the lenses may allow for the sun’s radiation to make eye contact with your eyes, which is incredibly unsafe.

Tip 3:

Ensure your glasses fit securely on your face, covering both eyes entirely. While minor light leakage is acceptable, significant gaps compromise their effectiveness. Adjust the fit or opt for an alternative pair with a snug, secure fit for optimal eye safety. 

Tip 4:

Purchase your solar eclipse glasses from well-established and trustworthy retailers. These retailers can be found on the AAS website under the Suppliers of Safe Solar Viewers & Filters tab. Most vendors on amazon do not meet the safety requirements necessary for viewing the eclipse, so make sure first that any brand you buy from is listed on AAS.


With these quick checks and considerations, you can confidently enjoy the solar eclipse, knowing your eyes are well-protected. Confirm the ISO certification, inspect for damage, ensure a proper fit, and choose reputable retailers. Following these simple steps ensures a safe and memorable solar eclipse viewing experience. Happy eclipse watching!

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