Eclipse Glasses Sold at Oak Brook Library Recalled, Possibly Unsafe

2017 Eclipse path over United States (NASA)

The Oak Brook Library is warning patrons who bought eclipse viewing glasses from them that some of the eyewear has been recalled for possibly being unsafe.

The Oak Park Public library had purchased the glasses from Amazon and sold them to patrons for $1, thinking they were just like legitimate solar eclipse glasses that offer 100,000 times the protection of ordinary sunglasses, which are necessary for safe viewing of the total solar eclipse.

Amazon researched the glasses and discovered they were possibly unsafe. Amazon emailed customers impacted by the recall.

The Oak Park Public library reported it sold 50 pairs of glasses that have since been recalled.

For weeks, the Better Business Bureau has been warning of knock-off glasses that have flooded the market because of high demand. There’s even a secondary market on Craigslist. Some glasses in the Chicago area are selling for as much as $75.

2017 Eclipse path over United States (NASA)2017 Eclipse path over United States (NASA)

The American Astronomical Society has listed the following brands as verified to be safe:

American Paper Optics (Eclipser) / EclipseGlasses.com / 3dglassesonline.com
APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)
Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)
Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)
DayStar (Solar Glasses)
Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)
Halo Solar Eclipse Spectacles

Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses)
Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)
Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)
Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)
Solar Eclipse International / Cangnan County Qiwei Craft Co. (plastic glasses only)
Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
TSE 17 / 110th.de (Solar Filter Foil)

NASA has also released a guide on eclipse safety here: eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety




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