Telling real eclipse glasses from fake ones might be harder than you think

The pair on the left was deemed "fake" by the company that sold them; the pair on the right are deemed "safe" (WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - People are scrambling for eclipse glasses, but not all of them are authentic.

"I ordered these glasses, and I got them in, thought these look nice they have all the special information on there that says their supposed to be safe," ABC 13 Meteorologist Matt Ferguson said.

On Tuesday, he got an email from the company saying those glasses he ordered were unsafe, and he should throw them away.

Ferguson did, was able to get his money back, and got some new glasses.

"Are these safe as well?" he asked.

A fake pair and a real pair were presented to a local optometrist, and he wasn't able to tell a difference.

"If I use these, I'm only going to look at the sun very sparingly," Ferguson said.

To view NASA's official list of approved eclipse glasses retailers, click here.

For information on another method to view the eclipse, click here.

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