Is it safe to reuse your solar eclipse glasses?
By Passant Rabie
June 26, 2019, 11:18:35 AM EDT
If you have ever seen a solar eclipse, you may have accumulated a collection of eclipse glasses over the years with different logos plastered on the sides. But just because the design of the glasses changes year after year, it doesn't mean the older ones are completely useless.
In fact, eclipse glasses are reusable so long as you make sure that they're still, well, usable. But don't simply throw on an old pair of eclipse glasses without checking them for scratches or other damage first, or you could risk inflicting long-term or permanent damage to your eyes.
If you're preparing for the upcoming total solar eclipse on July 2 in South America, it's time to find those old eclipse glasses that are certified and still in good condition in order to make them safe for reuse.
Staring at the sun for longer than a fraction of a second can cause permanent damage to the eye's retina, and may even lead to blindness. This is where solar eclipse glasses come in, as they are typically 100,000 times darker than regular sunglasses and are made to block out the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.
Therefore, all filters must comply with international safety standards to adequately protect your eyes from the sun. However, it is not enough to see the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification on the sides, Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) told Space.com, since some manufacturers have been printing fake labels on the glasses without testing to ensure that they meet the safety standards.
So, Fienberg said, if you want to reuse your old eclipse glasses, then make sure they were purchased from one of the approved manufacturers on AAS 'list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers.
"If not, or if you just don't know for sure, discard the glasses – do not use them," Feinberg said.
If the glasses are properly certified, you also want to ensure that they have not been damaged over the years."Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched, punctured, torn or otherwise damaged, discard it," he added.
Older editions of glasses used to be printed with a warning that they could not be reused after one to three years. However, according to Feinberg, these warnings are outdated and do not apply to the newer, ISO-certified glasses.
If you do own a pair of certified eclipse glasses that are in good condition, and you don't have an eclipse viewing on your calendar any time soon, then there are also ways to donate the glasses to children in regions where an eclipse is taking place.
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