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THE CONSUMER; Need Reading Glasses? Welcome to Middle Age

They may not always be pretty or sturdy or scratchproof, but over-the-counter reading glasses are cheaper and quicker to buy than the prescription type. And if a pair is lost, a replacement is as far away as a corner drugstore.Last year, Americans spent nearly $400 million for 29 million pairs of ready-to-wear readers, as drugstore glasses are often called. The market has grown 8 to 10 percent a year since 1990, when the baby boom generation began to experience presbyopia, the increasing...

So what would happen if you looked at the eclipse without those special glasses?

#ndn-video-player-1.ndn_embedded .ndn_floatContainer { margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 20px; }#ndn-video-player-2.ndn_embedded .ndn_floatContainer { margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 20px; }So what’s really going to happen if you look at the solar eclipse without special viewing glasses?Though your eyes won’t melt, fry or fall out if you skip the specialized shades, you are at risk for doing serious — and potentially permanent — eye damage, said Dr. Donny Suh, chief of ophthalmology at...

Beware of counterfeit solar eclipse glasses

It’s more important than ever to be wary of uncertified solar eclipse glasses, warns the American Astronomical Society in a recent news release.“What’s going on is that some companies have printed the fact that they are ISO-certified on the back of the piece, and it’s not,” said Ken Alderson, the president of the local Louisville, Ky., Astronomical Society.Staring at the sun during an eclipse with uncertified glasses can cause solar retinopathy, which can mean permanent eye damage, according...