Doctor offers tips for protecting your eyes during the eclipse

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Excitement is building across the U.S. about the upcoming solar eclipse but as you make plans to watch this rare event don't forget to protect your eyes!

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Ophthalmologists are strongly recommending wearing special eclipse glasses that filter out those harmful rays.

Make sure you choose glasses with black polymer lenses without scratches or holes and protective eyewear should be worn over regular prescription glasses.

Ophthalmologist Dong-Wouk Park said, "It's easy for kids, when the parents are looking up, to peek through the top or the bottom of the eclipse glasses so it's really important you keep a good eye on your children, the teenagers, making sure they look through the glasses. And make sure the eclipse glasses aren't damaged, that there isn't any holes or scratches that can get damaged."

As a reminder, WEAU will have special coverage of the eclipse Monday.