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Eye doctor issues solar eclipse warning: Get the right glasses

Experts say it is essential to have certified safety glasses when looking up at the sun for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Grand Canyon National Park / CC BY 2.0 via MGN Online)

On Aug. 21, millions of people across the United States will experience a total solar eclipse.

In Bakersfield, people will see a partial eclipse, where the moon will block a large portion of the sun.

The best time to see it in Kern County will be around 10:20 in the morning.

It is no secret that looking at the sun is dangerous. That's why experts say you need to protect your eyes with special glasses.

Dr. Andrew Kao, an ophthalmologist, says if you look directly into the sun without these glasses, you run the risk of permanent blindness.

"The retina is literally getting burned," Kao says.

He says sunglasses will not be enough. You need to make sure you are getting certified glasses made for the solar eclipse that are not scratched or damaged.

"The glasses will have the actual designation of the ISO stamp and the ISO number on it," Kao says.

Exerts advise to be aware when buying the glasses, because they have seen an increase of fake glasses flooding the market.

"One way to sort of test it would be to look by a flashlight or the light from your cellphone, and if anything gets transmitted and you can see it, that's not safe," Kao says. "The only light you should see is the sun."

For a list of reputable places you can get safety glasses, click here.

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