Amazon Recalls Counterfeit Solar Eclipse Glasses

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Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers | Solar Eclipse Across America - August 21, 2017

Did you buy a low-priced pair of eclipse glasses hoping to watch the August 21st solar eclipse without spending a fortune?

Amazon is issuing full refunds; it is not known at this time how many glasses were recalled.

The AAS and NASA have also published a list of legitimate companies making certifiably-safe eclipse glasses.

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On Saturday, photographers at KGW News received an email from Amazon claiming the solar filters purchased by the station were recalled.

Retailers including REI, Walmart, and Best Buy have sold of their eclipse glasses online. The last thing Amazon wants is thousands of customers damaging their eyesight with sub-par glasses bought from its store, especially if the manufacturers falsely claim to meet safety standards.

Eclipse glasses are the only safe way to watch the eclipse, according to the American Astronomical Society.

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Watching the eclipse with glasses that haven't met certain qualifications can lead to eye damage. The list includes vendors "that have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 global safety standard for such products".

"We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse", the email said.

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