Where to find solar eclipse glasses in Dallas-Fort Worth for the total eclipse on April 8

How to find them in person, avoid counterfeits online and try DIY eclipse viewing methods.

There are ways to safely view the solar eclipse on April 8. Find out where to get eclipse glasses ahead of time since D-FW is in the path of totality.
This story has been updated with more information on where to find eclipse glasses in the D-FW area.

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Dallas Morning News’ coverage of the 2024 total solar eclipse. For more, visit

A once-in-a-lifetime experience for the Dallas-Fort Worth region is coming Monday, April 8. To see it, all you have to do is look up — with the right eye protection.

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will sweep across North America, and most of the D-FW area is in the path of totality, where the moon will appear to fully cover the sun. Totality will last nearly four minutes in Dallas.


Dallas was last in a solar eclipse’s path of totality on July 29, 1878, and won’t be again until 2317.

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It’s only safe to look at a solar eclipse without protection during totality. Looking at the sun without eye protection can damage or kill cells in the retina that allow us to see, leading to dark spots and distortion in our vision.

There are many ways to safely view a solar eclipse, and there’s still time to grab eclipse glasses or viewers. But they may sell out.


“It’s kind of like Thanksgiving dinner, right?” said Heather Appleby, a physics and astronomy professor at Dallas College. “If you wait until the night before to buy your turkey and your sides, you’re not going to have much selection to choose from.”

Can I reuse eclipse glasses?

D-FW residents who saw October’s annular solar eclipse or the 2017 solar eclipse may have old glasses lying around. Those glasses are safe to use as long as they aren’t crumbled or warped and don’t have scratches or holes, Appleby said.


Functioning solar eclipse glasses block out UV rays and nearly all visible light. Viewers shouldn’t be able to see anything except for a bright light source such as the sun or halogen light bulb. If you put on an old pair of eclipse glasses and see light filtering through a window, that’s a sign they should be replaced.

Eclipse glasses are best stored in a dark, temperature-controlled, low-humidity space, such as the inside of a book, Appleby said.

Eclipse viewers — rectangular solar filters that are held up to the eyes — work similarly to glasses.

Order online from a trusted seller

There are plenty of listings for eclipse glasses online, but counterfeits abound. Experts recommend ordering glasses from a list of safe options on the American Astronomical Society’s website. TotalEclipseDFW is one local reseller listed on the website and has glasses available for $3 each in orders of 10 or more.

If a trusted online retailer says its glasses are out of stock, keep checking because more may become available, said Mary Urquhart, a planetary scientist at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Before the 2017 total eclipse, fake eclipse glasses ran rampant on Amazon, causing the company to refund customers who bought counterfeits. Though Amazon has cracked down on fake sellers since then, experts caution that a seller from the American Astronomical Society’s website may be a safer choice.


Glasses should comply with the International Organization for Standardization’s safety guidelines. (A note on the back of the glasses should say they meet ISO 12312-2 requirements.)

NASA does not approve eclipse glasses, Urquhart said. One way to identify a fake pair is to look for language saying the pair is “NASA certified” or “NASA approved.”

Find glasses in D-FW

Rose Lavender (back) watched the peak of the annular solar eclipse with Primrose White, 8,...
Rose Lavender (back) watched the peak of the annular solar eclipse with Primrose White, 8, (front left), her sister Violet, 6, (center) and brother Kelmon on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, at Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. (Shafkat Anowar / Staff Photographer)

Retail chains such as Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart are reliable places to buy glasses in person, according to the American Astronomical Society, but availability varies. Several D-FW area locations said the glasses are not in stock but may be ordered in the months leading up to the eclipse.

Warby Parker recently announced it is giving away free, ISO-certified solar eclipse glasses at all of its stores from April 1 until April 8, while supplies last.

Before ordering online from these retailers, check the product description to see if it’s a brand on the American Astronomical Society’s approved list. Some stores’ online suppliers may have different brands than the ones stocked in person.

The Dallas Public Library will have free eclipse glasses at all locations beginning March 10, according to Melissa Dease, the library’s community relations administrator. One pair will be distributed per person.


The University of Texas at Arlington’s planetarium has eclipse glasses for sale online that can be picked up onsite.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas is providing eclipse glasses to several area schools and is selling eclipse glasses in its gift shop.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science plans to give out 1 million eclipse glasses in North Texas over the next few months. At least 14 area school districts will receive glasses, including Dallas ISD, Lewisville ISD, Richardson ISD, Mansfield ISD, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Allen ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and Alvarado ISD. Districts will decide which schools receive the glasses and how many.

The week before the eclipse, the Perot Museum will send its community engagement TECH trucks to hand out glasses at events.


The museum is also selling eclipse glasses in its gift shop, which can bulk order 100 glasses or more for those interested. Museum visitors during spring break (March 9-17) will receive a complimentary pair of eclipse glasses.

Grab glasses at an event

Eclipse events around the area may have glasses available for free or for purchase.

  • Both the Perot Museum and Dallas Arboretum’s eclipse viewing events have reached capacity, according to their websites. The Perot will offer 35,000 free eclipse glasses at a viewing event at Klyde Warren Park.
  • The UTA planetarium will be holding an event during the eclipse where glasses will be available for purchase.
  • All seven of Dallas College’s campuses will hold eclipse viewing events with free eclipse viewers.
  • Several Dallas Public Library branches also will host eclipse viewing parties, with limited quantities of free glasses.

Can I use my welding helmet to view the solar eclipse?

Welders glass must be of shade 12 or higher to safely view the sun, according to NASA. This shade is much darker than what’s commonly used for welding, so D-FW residents with old welders’ helmets should be careful to check the shade number before using them. Urquhart tends not to recommend welding helmets for eclipse viewing, since many do not meet safety standards.

Even so, the sun can be too bright to look at through a shade 12 filter, and too dark through a higher filter like shade 14. Shade 13 filters, on the other hand, can be difficult to find, according to NASA.


Make a DIY eclipse viewer

Can’t find eclipse glasses? No problem: There are several inexpensive ways to experience the eclipse.

A colander is used to indirectly view a partial solar eclipse.
A colander is used to indirectly view a partial solar eclipse.(Mary Urquhart)

Viewers can observe the eclipse indirectly by standing under a tree and looking at the shadow cast on the ground when the sunlight filters through the leaves. Poking a hole through cardboard or an index card, holding up a colander or cracker or intertwining fingers would produce a similar effect.

About 12:23 p.m. on April 8 in Dallas, the moon will start to cover the sun. Before totality, viewers will see the sun shrink in the sky until it disappears. They then can take off their glasses or look up from their indirect viewers and set a timer based on how long totality will be in their area, leaving time to put on their glasses again for the eclipse’s final phase.

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Adithi Ramakrishnan is a science reporting fellow at The Dallas Morning News. Her fellowship is supported by the University of Texas at Dallas. The News makes all editorial decisions.