You’ve likely heard of the historic solar eclipse happening tomorrow,
whether from acquaintances or local news channels. Many eclipse discussions
happening in the last few weeks centered on safety during the event itself.
Not only will
roadways be dangerous through this time due to darker environments and distracted drivers, but
viewing the event itself can be dangerous if proper precautions aren’t
taken. Special “eclipse sunglasses” should be worn by all
onlookers, as staring directly into the sun can cause severe damage to
optic nerves. A 70-year old Oregon was featured in the news recently urging
viewers to use proper glasses when viewing. In 1962, he stared directly
into a partial eclipse, which caused him to go partially blind in his
right eye. So while the spectacle should be enjoyable, it should also
be approached with caution and safety protocols followed.
Fortunately, many people have listened to these warnings and purchased
eclipse glasses from retailers online and physical locations. Unfortunately,
the online retail manufacturing giant Amazon has issued a recall for many
eclipse sunglasses sold on their digital marketplace. The reason is that
the company could not confirm whether the glasses were made by the recommended
manufacturer. In response to the recall, Amazon has been emailing customers
to caution them.
Due to the high demand of eclipse glasses in preparation for Monday’s
viewing, some companies manufactured glasses that don’t provide
proper safety from the eclipse and sun in an effort to make extra profit.
Because Amazon has not received the official confirmation from their supplier
that the glasses were from the recommended manufacturer, they are urging
anyone who has purchased the glasses to not use them. However, Amazon
isn’t able to list specific brands included in the recall.
The Coweta County School System in metro-Atlanta purchased 24,000 pairs
of sunglasses from Amazon and was among the customers to be contacted
by Amazon because the glasses could not be verified. The order was cancelled
and a refund provided, but they weren’t able to find substitutes
because the event is so soon.
We strongly encourage anyone planning to watch the eclipse to take proper
safety precautions and wear appropriate safety sunglasses.