MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - As excitement grows over next week's solar eclipse, officials are warning of potential scams for those buying eclipse glasses.
The proper eclipse glasses block ultraviolet and infrared light, which are harmful to the eyes. They block the majority of the light, making it safer to look at the eclipse.
However, officials warn of buying counterfeit glasses because if worn during the solar eclipse, your eyes could sustain permanent damage.
Dr. Ann Bragg, a physics professor at Marietta College, says she bought 100 eclipse glasses online that claimed to feature all the requirements of the proper glasses. But she says they were counterfeit.
"It's very scary," she said.
"We are returning them because we don't want to damage anyone's eyes. It's better to be safe than sorry."
The proper eclipse glasses have an ISO of 12312-2. Even if your glasses feature this ISO, it's important to check the American Astronomical Society to confirm the glasses are from a reputable organization.
You can find the link to the proper requirements in the Related Links section of this article.