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Protect your eyes from damage when viewing the solar eclipse

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A solar eclipse is a little over one week away, and on the Central Coast, locals will be able to see it as a partial eclipse.

If you're planning on viewing the August 21 phenomenon, you'll want to have your eyes protected to prevent damage.

Solar eclipse glasses can be purchased at the 7-Eleven stores in San Luis Obispo and at Walmart in Santa Maria. 

Even though the glasses might look a little funny, there's nothing funny about eye damage. 

Scot Class, an optometrist at Pacific Eye in San Luis Obispo, says although the sun is partially blocked during an eclipse, the rays are still present, so don't be fooled. 

To make sure the solar eclipse glasses you have are legitimate, they should read on the inside: ISO 12312-2.

Not wearing them could result in lasting damage called solar maculopathy, or a sunburn to the retina. 

"That central vision could be blacked out, temporarily or even permanently," Class said. 

That would be like not being able to see the center of any objects you're viewing.

Click here to see a list of reputable manufacturers from whom you can purchase solar eclipse cardboard glasses.

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