Demand for them may have been through the roof, like, yesterday, but now that The Great American Solar Eclipse has come and gone, your eclipse glasses are not so necessary. So what can you do with your solar eclipse glasses now that the eclipse has come and gone? Oh, they've got a few additional uses apart from keeping your vision intact.
It's taken nearly a century for a total solar eclipse to be visible from coast to coast in the United States and folks have been prepping for months, if not years. Over 7,000 libraries nationwide handed out 2 million pairs of eclipse glasses. NASA distributed an additional 1 million. And that's not even taking into account the various branded specs that top viewing spots provided or the side hustles being sold through digital marketplaces like Amazon.
So why the fuss about eclipse glasses? Well, for starters, they keep you from going blind.
A total solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon moves directly in between the earth and the sun, doesn't have magical eye cooking abilities. It does, however, alter our perception of UV rays. On an average day, it's not suggested that you gaze into the fiery heart of the sun, but it's also difficult. Your eyes burn and water, defense mechanisms again retinal damage. But when the sun is obscured, we think we can stare directly at for longer without any of those pesky side effects.
...LOL, do not be fooled, those UV rays were still very much out and about. Thank goodness for the glasses. Not ready to just toss 'em? Here are a few more ideas.