Special to HNN Provided by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered consumer protection tips ahead of the August 21 solar eclipse. 

“Ohioans of all ages are intrigued by the upcoming solar eclipse, but safety needs to be a priority to avoid permanent eye damage,” said Attorney General DeWine. “We want consumers to be informed before buying solar eclipse glasses.”

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) warns that it has received reports of fake solar eclipse glasses being sold.  These glasses do not properly filter the sun’s rays, and, in turn, may damage a person’s eyes.  Previously, glasses with the seal of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) were considered safe.  While all acceptable glasses are ISO certified, there is a chance that counterfeit glasses may also claim to be ISO certified.

Tips for consumers include:

Consumers who need help addressing a consumer problem or question should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515.