Watch Out for Fake Eclipse Glasses

Cesar Mills
August 13, 2017

Some vendors and online retailers have started to run out of the glasses, said American Astronomical Society spokesman and self-proclaimed "eclipse chaser" Rick Fienberg.

If Aug. 21 comes and you don't have an approved eclipse viewer, you can always make a free and relatively simple device, like the "vastly underappreciated" pinhole viewer, UW-Madison's Lattis said.

Doctors say that watching the phenomenon without proper protection can cause serious eye damage or even blindness.

But other stores, like Madison-area Walmarts, were still selling the glasses for $1; a pair of glasses with an informational eclipse booklet was going for about $3.50.

The partial eclipse is scheduled to start in Brookings at 11:37 a.m.

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

In addition to its preparation event, the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society also will help people experience the solar eclipse by having members out from noon to 3 p.m. August 21 in the plaza outside the main library, a group news release said. He received a recall email Saturday morning at 7:28 a.m.

"We've SOLD OUT of Eclipse Glasses!"

Chipps' email came on the heels of Friday's announcement by Dr. Jeff Pape of Authier Miller Pape Eye Care in Norfolk that the eclipse glasses it had distributed might be counterfeit and not safe for people to use during the eclipse.

Another Portland resident, Will Clark, bought eclipse glasses billed as "CE and ISO tested, safe solar viewing". This certification is used to indicate they are safe for viewing the sun.

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