SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Amazon says it is taking action against potentially counterfeit solar eclipse glasses.
The John A. Moran Eye Center on Sunday was among many across the country notified via email by Amazon.com of a recall of solar eclipse glasses.
“Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer. We recommend that you do not use this product to view the sun or the eclipse.”
Amazons also removed a few listings for glasses on its website “out of an abundance of caution.”
To safely view the solar eclipse August 21, you’ll need a special pair of ultra-dark sunglasses. There has been enormous demand for those kinds of glasses, which prevent the permanent eye damage that the sun’s rays could cause. But that demand has been followed by reports that knockoff eclipse glasses — which may not provide adequate protection — have flooded the market.
The American Astronomical Society said last week that it updated its safety advice “in response to alarming reports” of unsafe glasses selling online.
Moran is asking anyone who received a free pair of solar eclipse glasses from Moran to discard them unless they have the Clark Planetarium label.
Anyone who purchased a pair for $1.50 from a Moran optical shop may return the glasses or their receipt to the location they purchased them from for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may call 801-587-0712, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For information on recommended solar eclipse glasses vendors, visit nasa.gov.