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Eye doctors reminding people to wear protective glasses during eclipse

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The solar eclipse is quickly approaching and eye doctors are reminding people to wear protective glasses.

Dr. Sanjeev Lele of DePaul Hospital told News 4 when the eclipse is viewed without the proper glasses UVA and blue light radiation can harm the retina layers. Once those layers are damaged they may not be able to recover.

Signs of exposure include a black spot in the center of vision, some sort of blur or if things look to be a different size.

 “There is some talk that during full totality that you can take your glasses off and that seems right because if you look through those glasses you may not see anything but be sure that your timing is precise and maybe air on the side of the being safe,” Dr. Lele said. “Before the totality goes away you want to be back in your glasses.”

Certified glasses will have an ISO number of 12312-2 on the inside.

If the eclipse glasses are too large for small children, it is recommended that an eclipse viewer is used. Click here to learn how to make one at home. 

Click here for a list of places that are selling eclipse glasses.

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