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Doctor's warning on eclipse eyeglasses safety

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JACKSON CO. -- Doctors are warning those of us planning to watch the eclipse to take steps to protect our vision.

They say the best way to do that is get a pair of eclipse glasses. 

Judy Williams, of Carbondale, wants to see the spectacle, but she also wants to keep her sight.

"You have to get the eclipse sun glasses to protect your eyes so you won't go blind," said Williams.

Optometrist Dr. John Power points out the retina, the part of the eye most vulnerable during an eclipse, and the damage that can happen if we don't take eye safety seriously on eclipse day. 

"I would rather all my patients keep their vision," saod Dr. Power.

He recommends hand-held solar viewers or special-purpose filters, like eclipse glasses. 

Doctors say with glasses like those, it might just save you a trip to the optometrist. 

"These actually are approved and they're very inexpensive. I think it's probably the least expensive insurance," said Dr. Power.

But he warns, make sure your eye protection comes from a legit source, make sure the certification information meets the international standard, and make sure the manufacturer's name and address appears somewhere on the product.

Doctor Power adds to not use scratched glasses or a pair older than three years.

NASA also says, avoid homemade filters or ordinary glasses.  

"With a little common sense and following the safety regulations that are well documented out there, I don't think there's any reason anybody should have to lose eyesight from this event," said Dr. Power.

Because Judy Williams says, she's got many more sights to see.

"It's very important if you want to keep your sight," said Williams. 

Not just for the eclipse, but for all the other beauty all around us.

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