[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Solar Eclipse sunglasses -- legit, better and still cheap

systems_glitch systems.glitch at gmail.com
Thu Aug 17 11:20:44 EDT 2017

Thanks for the information! W.R.T. welding gear, it's typical for cutting
glasses to come with a Shade 5 insert, and for arc welding helmets and face
shields to be Shade 10. So, according to the recommendations, anything you
get stock at the hardware store is likely to be too weak.

Now, it's also my understanding that the shade value is for reducing eye
strain and the worker's comfort -- too low of a shade will strain your
eyes, but it's my understanding that the UV protection is inherent in any
shade insert. So, if you do happen to have too weak of a shade insert in
your gear, it'll probably make looking at a too-bright source unpleasant,
but not dangerous. Again, what I've been told, so don't trust your eyeballs
to that!

I'd be surprised if the optometrist was giving out insufficient eyewear,
since they would likely be legally liable for any eye damage resulting from
the use of the glasses they were handing out.


On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:22 AM, Dan Roganti via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:15 AM, Jason Perkins <perkins.jason at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I work for an optometry chain, this email was sent to everyone last week:
> >
> > If a patient inquires on directly viewing the eclipse, we should advise
> > them that even their
> > darkest sunglasses can’t protect them from damage caused by looking
> > directly at the sun during
> > an eclipse and we recommend avoiding it at all costs. Because our message
> > is clear, and we
> > want to reduce confusion about eclipse safety, we will not be stocking
> > eclipse eyewear within
> > the offices.
> >
> > Along with the American Optometric Association and NASA, we should also
> > caution our
> > patients against purchasing the ‘eclipse glasses’ found online, as they
> > (like many online
> > products) may not provide the protection claimed by the manufacturer. For
> > more information
> > on eclipse safety, please visit www.aoa.org and
> > eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
> >
> >
> ​​FYI,
> this helps explain the specifications
> The ANSI Z87.1.1989 spec [American] and the ISO 12312-2​ spec
> [International] are basically the same eye-wear safety spec
> They both specify the same requirements for the solar filters
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