Solar Eclipse Viewing: Amazon Refunding Customers For Fake Glasses

Solar Eclipse Viewing: Amazon Refunding Customers For Fake Glasses”

"Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer", Amazon said in the email. Both said Amazon will be reimbursing them for their purchase.

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.

You will also need to use solar filter on cameras, binoculars and telescopes and don't use eclipse glasses to look through them.

But the Amazon listing didn't actually say American Paper Optics manufactured the lenses; it just showed up with the Tennessee-based company's stamp on it.

An Amazon spokesperson tells Quartz that the company had "proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards".

Stores across Lexington are reporting that they are out of eclipse glasses and aren't sure when they will get more in stock.

"Safety is among our highest priorities".

"We've SOLD OUT of Eclipse Glasses!"

The Cedar Hill Fire Protection District posted the announcement to its Facebook page alerting the community that they should not use the glasses the departments handed out.

The alerts come days before the solar eclipse, and as others said they have been duped by fake glasses. She bought the phony glasses on Amazon for $200 from a vendor in China.

The only safe way to see the eclipse is by using special sun filter glasses of hand-held filters, according to NASA.

While a last-minute rush has left many dealers out of stock two weeks before the big day, the good news is that US astronomy buffs have to wait only seven more years for the next total solar eclipse over North America, in April 2024.

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

Although there is a shortage of glasses, Dr. Russell Van Gelder with the UW/American Academy of Ophthalmology says looking at the event without glasses can cause serious damage to your eyes.

Don't try looking at the eclipse with normal sunglasses or home-made filters either. NASA has a list of reliable companies on its site. At the same time, Amazon sent out a letter to sellers of eclipse glasses and products, asking them to provide details of safety and origin, including ISO certification from an accredited lab.

You can find the AAS's full instructions on how to safely view the solar eclipse here.

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