What you need to know if you plan to watch Monday’s solar eclipse


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — If you are planning to watch Monday’s solar eclipse, you will want to make sure you have the right protection so you don’t damage your eyes.

You will need a pair of solar glasses.

To watch the eclipse without harming your eyes, look for a marking on your glasses, “ISO 12312-2.” That is your assurance that the glasses will block the harmful rays.

While supplies last, you can get solar glasses at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, Toys R Us and Amazon.

8 on Your Side searched Amazon for the certified glass. We found the closer we get to the eclipse, the more expensive the glasses get.

News Channel 8 found a set for sale which includes three pairs of solar eclipse glasses advertised for more than $200. The glasses would typically run around $3 a pair.

You do need these glasses. Without you are exposed to the ultra violet light, that can cause long-term, damage, even blindness.

“You necessarily will not feel the damage to the eye because the retina does not have pain receptors,” said Dr. Trey Mainor, AFC Urgent Care. “I wouldn’t even sneak a peek. No. I would just buy the appropriate safety equipment even if you’re gonna look just for a second,” added Dr. Mainor.

Want to get the glasses for free? Several local libraries are giving them away to coincide with their solar eclipse programs

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