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Are your eclipse glasses safe? Here's how to check.

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It’s been about 40 years since Dan Pappas last saw a solar eclipse. He's gearing up for the next one expected to cross over the Upstate in just one month.

"We're really excited! We talked to our kids about it,” said Pappas. “We talk to our friends and neighbors."

He'll need special viewing glasses to do so. It's why he stopped by the Greenville Health System's Eye Institute in Spartanburg to pick up some for his family.

Grant Brown, the senior optician with the institute says people need to properly protect their eyes when viewing the eclipse.

"These filters filter out 99.9999 percent of the light,” said Brown. “That's why NASA approves these."

NASA approved four different brands for the viewing:

  • American Paper Optics
  • Rainbow Symphony
  • Thousand Oaks Optical
  • TSE 17

However, if you go online you'll find that there are more than just those four to choose from.

So, how do you know which ones are safe?

Brown says staring at the sun can be dangerous for your health.

"It can literally burn, scar, or destroy your retina,” said Brown.

According to Brown, there are three things that need to be on alternative brand glasses to truly protect your eyes:

  • The International Organization for Standardization or "ISO"
  • The European Commissions’ mark of approval or "CE"
  • These numbers: 12312-2

If they have those indicators, you're all set to view the solar eclipse.

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