Illinois warns to recall glasses sold on Amazon, stores – NBC Chicago

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The Illinois Department of Health has issued an alert to residents after several pairs of solar eclipse glasses sold in the state were recalled for “potentially failing to meet safety standards.”

According to the alert, the glasses were allegedly sold through Amazon and at least six stores in southern Illinois. Southern Illinois is a prime viewing area for the eclipse, with some cities including Carbondale in the “path of totality” of the 2024 total solar eclipse.

The alert states that the now-recalled glasses were sold on Amazon under the branding, “Biniki Solar Eclipse Glasses AAS Approved 2024 – CE and ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing (6 Packs). These are available at the following retailers in Southern Illinois Also sold at vendors:

  • Farm Fresh Market, Breeze, IL
  • Buy Highland True, Highland, IL
  • Perry County Marketplace, Pinckneyville, IL
  • Sinclair Foods, Jerseyville, IL
  • Steeleville Marketplace, Steeleville, IL
  • Big John Grocery, Metropolis, IL

“The recalled glasses are labeled as ‘EN ISO 12312-1:2022,'” the IDPH alert says. Proper safety goggles should have the ISO designation 12312-2.

Over the weekend, some of the affected stores posted on social media about the recalled glasses.

“If you purchased solar eclipse glasses from Farm Fresh, please do not use them. You may return them,” Farm Fresh Market’s Saturday Facebook post said. “We have just learned that there may be an issue with the company we purchased these from and they may not block out all harmful UV rays. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

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Retailers in other parts of the country also issued warnings about the recall.

A Facebook post from Fink’s ALPS in Union, Missouri said, “Do not use! Please check your solar eclipse glasses.” The Facebook post references glasses with EN ISO number 12312-1:2022.

Similar Facebook messages were posted from nearby retailers in Missouri, including K&R Market in Marthasville and St. Clair Country Mart in St. Clair.

According to a report by NBC affiliate WHEC in Rochester, New York, some people who purchased the recalled glasses from Amazon received an email from the online marketplace saying that the glasses were not actually safe for viewing the eclipse, and the packaging The labeling “AAS Approved” is actually incorrect.

,Dear Amazon customer, we write to inform you about a potential safety concern with a product you purchased on, the email read in part. Affected Products: Biniki Solar Eclipse Glasses AAS Approved 2024 – CE & ISO Certified Safe Shades for Directly Viewing the Sun (6 Pack). The product listed above was not included in the American Astronomical Society’s list of safe suppliers of solar eclipse viewers and filters and therefore may not be safe for viewing the solar eclipse.”

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The note suggested that customers who have purchased glasses should not use them to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

An Amazon spokesperson told the news station in a statement that the notifications were made “out of an abundance of caution.”

The statement said in part, “We continuously monitor our stores for non-compliant products, and when we learn that a product has failed as detected by our proactive investigations, we immediately resolve the issue.” and refine their controls.” “If customers have concerns about an item they purchased, we encourage them to contact our customer service directly so we can address any questions they may have. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

How to know if your solar eclipse glasses work

According to the Adler Planetarium, viewing a solar eclipse without proper glasses can cause irreversible eye damage within seconds, and your eyes lack the nerve endings to register pain when it occurs.

Additionally, your pupils will dilate more during the eclipse, allowing more harmful rays to enter your eyes than on a normal sunny day.

Regular sunglasses, even very dark glasses, are not safe for viewing the eclipse.

Given the risk of irreversible eye damage if viewing the eclipse unsafely, it is important to ensure that the solar eclipse glasses used are not counterfeit.

But there is no real way to detect real vs fake glasses just by looking.

“The glasses may look fine if they are fake, because they may be so dark that it looks like you can safely look at the sun. But you don’t know if they are giving off ultraviolet radiation and infrared radiation.” The light. That’s the thing I would be most concerned about,” said Michelle Nichols, director of public observations at the Adler Planetarium.

Spotting genuine versus counterfeit becomes even more challenging when companies make unproven or false safety claims.

“Just be careful and don’t assume just because the specs say they are safe that they actually are because anyone can write that,” he said.

If you’re still wondering how to tell if your glasses will give you the right protection, here’s a tip according to the experts:

“When you wear glasses, you shouldn’t be able to see anything,” Dr. Neena Goyal, an ophthalmologist at Rush University Medical Center, told NBC Chicago. “It’s a flexible resin with carbon particles, which should be visible to you.” From these one is able to see the orange glow of the Sun. “Do not use sunglasses, do not wear layered sunglasses and do not use smoked glasses.”

Experts suggest purchasing solar eclipse glasses through suppliers deemed “safe” by the American Astronomical Society.

The society’s list “provides links to selected suppliers of solar viewers and filters that you can be assured are safe when used correctly.”

“These include companies and organizations with which members of the AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force have had good experience, as well as other companies and organizations that have demonstrated to our satisfaction that the products they are selling comply with ISO 12312- 2. International standards,” the list said.

However, the society notes that its list is not exhaustive, and glasses not listed on the site may still be safe. They do not recommend using Amazon, eBay, Teemu or other online marketplaces to find the lowest priced options.

,Before you buy a solar viewer or filter online, we recommend that you ensure that (1) the seller is identified on the site and (2) the seller is listed on this page,” the society says .

Here are key tips for finding legitimate eclipse glasses,

  • When purchasing eclipse glasses, look for an approved manufacturer on the Astronomical Society’s website and make sure the ISO numbers 1-2-3-1-2- 2 are printed on the inside of the glasses.
  • You can find a list of suppliers of safe solar viewers and filters here.
  • If you still have your 2017 eclipse glasses, you may be able to reuse them. But this is only if they are not bent, torn or scratched.

Some museums and stores in the Chicago area are also offering free solar eclipse glasses and spectators while supplies last.

  • Solar Filter: If you want to use a telescope, binoculars, or cameras, don’t use them unsafely, even if you have safe eclipse glasses. Consult the manufacturer for the appropriate filter to connect to your device.
  • Pinhole viewer: This is a simple, inexpensive way to view the eclipse indirectly. Simply take two sheets of white paper (card stock is best) and punch a hole in the middle of one sheet. With your back to the sun, hold the sheet with the holes over the other sheet and adjust them until you see a point of light. That’s the sun! As the Moon passes the Sun, a crescent moon will be visible.

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