Amazon recalls solar eclipse glasses

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

As a measure of excitement surrounding the event, a leading supplier of solar lenses, Arizona-based Thousand Oaks Optical, has sold enough of its filters this year alone to produce roughly 100 million pairs of glasses, company owner Pat Steele-Gaishin told Reuters. However, you may still be able to buy them at one unexpected place: McDonald's.

Chesterfield resident Carolyn Vokoun got a similar email from Amazon confirming the suspicions she had about the glasses she purchased. You might want to check with Amazon if they're fake.

A lot of folks have been gearing up for the event that will - depending on where you are - either totally block out the sun or partially block it as the eclipse moves across the North American hemisphere on August 21st.

An alternative to using eclipse glasses is to use a number 14 welder's mask. We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse.

For more information about safely viewing a solar eclipse please see the NASA and AAS websites. Amazon's warning only applies to the glasses that failed to provide certification.

The alerts come days before the solar eclipse, and as others said they have been duped by fake glasses. We're also right up to the edge of purchasing the proper glasses from the site in time for the eclipse for those without Prime.

Of the 140 Amazon listings reviewed by Quartz, 119 of 140 claimed to have the proper ISO certification. Neighboring Winchester says they are dealing with the same situation.

The AAS and NASA have posted a list of reputable solar filter brands, retail distributors and online dealers. "We started collecting additional paperwork and what do you know-some don't have complete ISO paperwork".

'The product description said that they were ISO I thought I was getting a safe glasses, ' Vokoun said.

Some reputable manufacturers include TSE-17, American Paper Optics and Celestron. I ask Lunt how I could tell if what I had was the real deal or a knock-off, and he tells me to look at the earpieces There's a design element that's been generic among all of cardboard glasses for years (remember those red-and-blue lensed 3D glasses?): the part of the cardboard frame that hooks over the ears has a rounded end.

No surprise, my 10-pack all have rounded ears, the scarlet letter of phoniness.

Amazon has reportedly been shutting down shops offering unverifiable eclipse eyewear and issuing notifications not to use them in case they cause eye damage but it may be a little too late for some who don't get the warning in time.

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