Amazon recalling some solar eclipse glasses week before event

Thomas Herring has served as the director of Jack C. Davis Observatory since 2014

Your Ray-Bans unfortunately won't be enough to view the total solar eclipse.

The lens caps had the proper ISO number, 12312-2, which has been verified to comply with worldwide safety standards. At least a dozen KGW viewers said they received notices from Amazon Saturday.

The Great American Eclipse, the first solar eclipse visible in all of America since 1979, is coming up fast.

Don't look at the sun during the eclipse or at any other time through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device, even if wearing eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.

"Just last night we were talking about the glasses, and thinking maybe we shouldn't trust them, even though the Amazon page made it fairly clear they were legit", he said.

If you normally wear eyeglasses, put the eclipse-viewing glasses over them or hold the hand-held solar viewer in front of them. Call ahead to ensure they still have glasses. The glasses are available at the clinic front desk between regular office hours, 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


According to eclipse2017.org, the material for safe viewing glasses is cheap and readily available through astronomical supply houses and at their website.

"I give up", she tweeted.

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

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. Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards.

If you're buying eclipse glasses, you'll also want to be sure they're not cheap knock-offs, Fienberg said.

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