Exercise Caution When Purchasing Eclipse Glasses
Over the years, most of the consumers have received warning about flea markets, websites as well as others selling counterfeit Chanel handbags, MAC cosmetics, NBA jerseys and even fake Apple chargers.
The Aug. 21’s eclipse mania is just around the corner and a numerous warnings have been unleashed. The pirated eclipse glasses might flood the markers. A lot of people for the love of watching the coast-to-coast solar eclipse might find themselves purchasing them forgetting the danger they pose.
A large number of people will of course move out in an effort to catch a glimpse of the partial eclipse on that particular day. In Michigan, it will be seen at about 1 p.m. Experts say that Michigan will witness the moon obscure almost 80% of the sun.
The major challenge that a lot of people will be facing will be the identification of the right glasses. Basically, the “eclipse glasses” are relatively cheap costing between $1 and $2 each. However, using the inappropriate glasses might turn out to be a major risk considering that it might end up ruining ones retina. Of course the injuries might show up as either temporary or long-term.
“Eclipse blindness” or retinal burns may be severe. It results from the improper viewing of the sun at that moment when an eclipse occurs. The special solar filters are quite instrumental when it comes to offering people a safer view of the eclipsed sun.
Typically, all consumers need to be keen when making their respective purchases. It is crucial to check out for the stamp of approval and it needs to be from the International Organization for Standardization or ISO. The other thing to check out for should be a label indicating that indeed the product measure up to the SO 12312-2 international safety standard.
But one needs to remember that most of the con artists are doing all within their means to see to it that they confuse buyers. They have over some time been printing their own certification label on sham solar glasses and the ISO logo.
The press officer for the American Astronomical Society, warned Rick Fienberg warns, “Don’t just search for eclipse glasses on the Internet and buy whatever comes up.”