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Safety With Eclipse Glasses


Eclipse Safety is important when it comes to preparing for the total solar eclipse. Purchasing the correct eyewear to watch a solar eclipse is important. Normal sunglasses will not protect from the intense rays when the moon passes over the sun. Ordering ISO and CE certified eclipse glasses from American Paper Optics is your safest and best bet when it comes to purchasing the right set of eclipse glasses. See a sample back (below) for our safety information.

Eclipse Glasses have special instructions for safe viewing of the eclipse printed directly inside the frame of the glasses (see below). These instructions remind users that you must use approved eye-wear during all partial phases of the eclipse in order to protect your eyes.



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The only way to safely view a solar eclipse is with our new and improved Eclipse safe solar glasses. Our eclipse glasses are independently tested and ISO/CE certified and are the standard for the safest direct solar viewing. These eclipse viewing glasses are manufactured exclusively with scratch resistant Black Polymer material and have an optical density of 5 or greater. Our Eclipse Glasses filter out 100% of harmful ultra-violet, 100% of harmful infrared, and 99.999% of intense visible light. Eclipse Glasses have special instructions for safe viewing of the eclipse printed directly inside the frame of the glasses (see above). Our premium filters create the sharpest solar images with a natural orange color. With over 30 MILLION pairs sold, we must be doing something right!




It is never safe to look directly at the sun's rays – even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear our eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun. This also applies during a total eclipse up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked. 

During the short time when the moon completely obscures the sun – known as the period of totality – it is safe to look directly at the star, but it's crucial that you know when to take off and put back on your glasses.  

First and foremost: Check for local information on timing of when the total eclipse will begin and end.

Second: The sun also provides important clues for when totality is about to start and end.

1) As the moon moves in front of the sun, there comes a time when several bright points of light shine around the moon's edges. Known as Baily's Beads, these are light rays from the sun streaming through the valleys along the moon's horizon.

Credits: © 2005 Miloslav Druckmüller (used with permission)


2) As the moon continues to move, the extent of these beads diminish, until there is only one – a bright spot that, in combination with the atmosphere of the sun still visible around the moon looks like a giant diamond ring. It is still not safe to look at the sun at this point!  Only when that bright spot completely disappears can you safely look at the sun.

Credits: © 2005 Miloslav Druckmüller (used with permission)


3) Once the bright "diamond" disappears and there is no longer any direct sunlight coming toward you, you may look at the total eclipse safely.  But you must still be vigilant to make sure you protect your eyes again before the end of totality.  The entire total eclipse may take only a minute or two in some locations.

Credits: © 2005 Miloslav Druckmüller (used with permission)


4) As the moon continues to move across the face of the sun, a crescent will begin to grow larger on the opposite side from where the Baily's Beads shone at the beginning. This crescent is the lower atmosphere of the sun, beginning to peek out from behind the moon and it is your signal to stop looking directly at the eclipse. Make sure you have safety glasses back on – or are otherwise watching the eclipse through a safe, indirect method – before the first flash of sunlight appears around the edges of the moon.

Credits: © 2005 Miloslav Druckmüller (used with permission)


5) Once your eyes are protected again, you may continue to watch the final stages of the eclipse as the end process mirrors the beginning: You will once again see a diamond ring and then the Baily's Beads, before the entire sun is once again visible.

 Credits: © 2005 Miloslav Druckmüller (used with permission)