Feb 21, 2024 - News

Where to get solar eclipse glasses in Cleveland

Illustration of repeating solar glasses, with some missing.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Cleveland will find itself in the full path of a total solar eclipse on April 8, but don't wait until then to buy glasses.

What they're saying: "By mid-March 2024, we expect to start hearing reports about various sellers running out of stock," Richard Tresch Fienberg, a senior adviser at the American Astronomical Society, told Axios. "It'll get worse the closer we get to April 8."

Between the lines: To ensure safe viewing, you must wear eclipse glasses or viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2.

Be smart: Experts warn eclipse viewers that counterfeit products are flooding the market and you may not be able to tell if glasses are a scam.

  • Viewers should inspect eclipse glasses or handheld viewers before use and discard them if torn, scratched or damaged.

Zoom in: You can purchase eclipse glasses at NASA Glenn Research Center, Eclipse Over Ohio and Cleveland Metroparks' nature shops.

  • A list of reputable manufacturers and authorized vendors can be found here.

Threat level: If you do not use the correct glasses, common symptoms include loss of central vision, distorted vision and altered color vision.

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