No matter where you are, an expert at Baylor College of Medicine says when viewing the solar eclipse, it is important to wear proper eye protection to prevent damage to the eye, especially the retina.
"If you were to look at the sun, what we usually see is damage to the macular of the retina, which is the center vision part of the eye".
The bottom line is that regular sunglasses - even the darkest ones - are not effective for the purposes of viewing the eclipse, Weng said.
"It's so unsafe for people to look at the sun even for brief periods of time because you can cause permanent damage to the retina", Dr. Van Gelder said.
The organization says buyers should be skeptical of glasses even if they're stamped with an ISO seal - which has been used in the past to indicate which glasses comply with standards set by the International Organization for Standardization. Also make sure that children and others around you are familiar with these safety precautions - it is every ophthalmologist's hope that everyone will enjoy the eclipse safely.
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Leonard Bates was nine years old when he saw his first eclipse and the 80-year-old made his own viewer instead of using solar glasses.
If you're buying the glasses online, perhaps on Amazon, choose from the list of reputable vendors above and watch out for fakes. Glasses can also be purchased from Parkland Planetarium for $1. We will only see a partial eclipse on the Central Coast, meaning plenty of sun will still shine through - all the more reason to protect your eyes while looking skyward. To view the eclipse, you'll need something at a 12, 13 or 14.
The total solar eclipse is going to be a BIG DEAL that millions of people will watch - and for good reason!
The only advice on what NOT to do is as follows: Don't search for eclipse glasses online and buy whatever comes up in the ads or the early search results - at least, not without doing some homework first.