To Protect Your Eyes, Learn How to Spot Counterfeit Eclipse Glasses

Omaha’s Premiere Eyecare Practice Recommends You Check That Your Solar Eclipse Glasses are Approved and Certified.

Omaha, Nebraska – Kugler Vision, the leading vision correction center in the Midwest, urges anyone who plans to view the August 21 total solar eclipse to have proper eye protection for looking at the sun. Without ISO approved and certified eclipse glasses, the sun’s rays could cause permanent damage to your eyes.

Unfortunately, as the demand for solar eclipse glasses have increased, so have scams entering the market.

Approved and certified eclipse glasses are the only safe way to view the eclipse. When planning for this rare event, it is important to remember that it is dangerous for your eyes to look at the sun, even during an eclipse, if they are not properly protected with official eclipse glasses. Sunglasses are not adequate.

To Confirm That Your Eclipse Glasses are Genuine and Safe for Solar Viewing, Ensure They Meet the Criteria Below:

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  • The eclipse glasses feature the ISO certification logo.
    • It is important to note that some counterfeit glasses will also feature this logo, as a way to fool consumers. In order to fully verify your glasses are safe, also follow the other tips below.
  • The glasses are known to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. This often appears as a line of type on the back of the glasses.
  • They are from one of the approved vendors listed by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). A few of the top approved sources  are, Celestron, and Meade Instruments.
  • When you put the eclipse glasses on, you shouldn’t be able to see anything except the sun itself.
  • Your eclipse glasses are in good condition with no scratches to the lens filter, and are not more than three years old.

“For most people, a total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it is understandable that people want to be able to see it in detail,” says Lance Kugler, MD, of Kugler Vision. “But there are significant risks to looking at the sun without proper eye protection.” ISO 12312-2 compliant solar filters do more than reduce visible sunlight, they also block solar UV and IR radiation.

Kugler Vision to Give Out Thousands of Free Solar Eclipse Glasses

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Kugler Vision is going out into the community to provide more than 4,000 free pairs of eclipse glasses for safe viewing. Our glasses are ISO certified and they were made by, one of the approved vendors listed by the AAS.

On August 20, Kugler Vision will be at the UNL Big Red Welcome Street Festival handing out free eclipse glasses, as well as UNL’s Campus Student Observatory, in preparation for the eclipse the following day.

Kugler Vision has also partnered with the Lincoln Saltdogs, an independent, professional minor league baseball team, to provide a one-of-a-kind eclipse viewing experience. Everyone at the Saltdogs game at Haymarket Park on August 21 can enjoy this rare sight by safely viewing the eclipse with their free eclipse glasses provided by Kugler Vision.

If you are at one of these events, please stop by the Kugler Vision booth to receive a free pair of eclipse glasses. The 2017 eclipse will be one of the most spectacular natural events you will ever witness.

More About Kugler Vision

Kugler Vision is a world-class refractive surgery center located in the middle of the country, making Omaha a destination for life-changing vision correction. As a patient-centric practice, Kugler Vision offers a holistic approach to vision care. Today, there are seven refractive vision correction procedures available in the United States: LASIK, SMILE, ASA, ICLs, corneal inlays for near vision, refractive lens exchange, and refractive cataract surgery. As the only medical practice in Omaha to specialize in all of them, Kugler Vision is able to offer customized treatment plans for all stages of life. Dr. Kugler serves as the director of refractive surgery for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and regularly participates in FDA clinical trials.  

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