Amazon recalling some solar eclipse glasses week before event

Dr. Nathan Podoll

Dr. Nathan Podoll

"The only way to safely look at the Sun when it is not in total eclipse is through approved filter material designed and marketed expressly for direct solar viewing".

However, Amazon later contacted them warning that it had not received confirmation from the supplier that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer, and therefore, Amazon recommended people do not use the product to view the sun or the eclipse.

But other stores, like Madison-area Walmarts, were still selling the glasses for $1; a pair of glasses with an informational eclipse booklet was going for about $3.50.

Chipps' email came on the heels of Friday's announcement by Dr. Jeff Pape of Authier Miller Pape Eye Care in Norfolk that the eclipse glasses it had distributed might be counterfeit and not safe for people to use during the eclipse. Call ahead to ensure they still have glasses.

Free solar eclipse viewing glasses will be given out to participants, while supplies last.

Library hours are from 10 a.m.to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

KGW viewer Heather Andersen said she bought two separate sets of solar glasses and learned both were not verified.

An Amazon spokesperson said Amazon is responding "out of an abundance of caution".

We've reached out to Amazon and MASCOTKING for comment concerning the refunds, and will update if we hear back.

Anyone planning to watch the solar eclipse outside on August 21 must wear certified solar glasses to protect their eyes from the damaging rays of the sun. "We want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com and eclipse glasses sold on Amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard", the company said in a statement.

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