Solar Eclipse Glasses

The number one tip for solar eclipse viewing is to be sure that you keep your eyes protected. Growing up, you're told to not look at the sun - this remains true! If you're going to look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse, you need to have the proper glasses. Here are some tips for eye safety as well as places that you can retrieve your own pair of solar glasses. 


Keep Your Eyes Protected During a Solar Eclipse

  • Only look at the sun while wearing proper solar eclipse eyewear. These are NOT sunglasses! 

  • The proper viewing glasses are International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 12312-2 certified eclipse glasses from a trusted source. Further information about safe viewing can be found on the American Astronomical Society website.

  • Don't have solar glasses? View the eclipse through a pinhole projector! These can be made with everyday house hold items. 

  • Glasses can be shared with friends and family during the eclipse - but again - only look up when it's your turn with them on. 

  • Glasses can be removed during the limited time of totality to experience full darkness around you, but continue to use caution when the moon is not covering the sun. 

Solar Eclipse Eye Safety

Sunglasses will not do for this day. Find out more about proper eye protection to look at the sun this day from the American Astronomical Society.

Where you can find solar eclipse glasses in Ontario County and the Finger Lakes.


Solar Eclipse glasses can be found at the locations below. You can also check with the local OWWL Libraries as well as Town Halls. These supplies are limited.

Please note: Glasses supply and offering vary by locations. Some listed locations may be charging for glasses while others are supplying for free. Please remember that you can share glasses with your friends and be mindful of how many glasses will be distributed to you.


  • Finger Lakes Visitors Connection - 19 Susan B. Anthony Lane, Canandaigua, NY 14424

  • Finger Lakes Ace Hardware - 1802 New York 332, Canandaigua, NY 14424

  • Sights and Shades - 94 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424


  • Geneva BID - One Franklin Square Suite 211, Geneva, NY 14456

  • Finger Lakes Welcome Center - 35 Lake Front Dr, Geneva, NY 14456 (limited daily supply)


  • C&R Vision Center - 274 West Main St, Victory, NY 14564

South Bristol

  • RMSC Cumming Nature Center - 6472 Gulick Road, Naples NY 14512

  • Arbor Hill Grapery and Winery - 6461 State Route 64, Naples NY 14512


  • The Olde Country Store and More - 2 University Ave, North Cohocton, NY 14808


  • Heartfelt Designs - 7203 New York 5, Bloomfield, NY 14469

For more locations in surrounding counties, visit For visitors - local events and hotels may provide solar glasses for guests and attendees. Check with the individual entities for more information. If you would like to submit an update for this page, please email

Looking to order glasses? Finger Lakes Visitors Connection and the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council ordered from American Paper Optics