Amazon Is Giving Refunds for Fake Eclipse Glasses — Are Your Glasses Safe?

A visitor from Greece watches the partial phase of a solar eclipse on March 20, 2015.
A visitor from Greece watches the partial phase of a solar eclipse on March 20, 2015. Matt Dunham/AP Photo

If you bought a pair of glasses to watch the upcoming solar eclipse, you might want to double-check that they’re legit.

Amazon just announced that potentially counterfeit solar eclipse glasses are out on the market, putting consumers’ health and safety at risk.

Do you know if your glasses are affected?

Fake Eclipse Glasses Were Being Sold on Amazon

To watch a total solar eclipse, wearing extremely dark glasses is required. Without them, you could experience permanent eye damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

With the eclipse coming on Aug. 21, vendors have been capitalizing on our obsession with “eclipse glasses” — but not all of the glasses are safe.

Amazon hasn’t released a full list of which products were not up to standards, but it has contacted and refunded customers who may have bought fake glasses, CNNMoney reports.

Additionally, it has taken down other listings for glasses that may be inadequate.

How to Safely Watch the Solar Eclipse

If you’re still on the market for eclipse glasses, be sure to buy them from a trusted vendor. The American Astronomical Society has released a full list of legitimate eclipse glasses vendors here.  

If your glasses aren’t on the list, you may want to reconsider using them. Even if they have an International Organization for Standardization seal, they may not provide adequate protection.

Don’t have the spare bucks to buy some? No worries — we found a way to make a solar eclipse viewer with things you already have at home.

Have fun — and most importantly, be safe!

Kelly Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

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