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Amazon Recalls Counterfeit Solar Eclipse Glasses

"Safety is among our highest priorities," Amazon said in a statement

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    Amazon has recalled counterfeit solar eclipse glasses, saying they may not meet ISO standards to protect your eyes while looking at the eclipse. (Published Monday, Aug. 14, 2017)

    Amazon has recalled counterfeit solar eclipse glasses, saying may not meet ISO standards to protect your eyes while looking at the eclipse.

    Amazon said it has emailed customers who purchased the counterfeit glasses and will be issuing them a refund.

    "Safety is among our highest priorities. Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards. We want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com and eclipse glasses sold on Amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard," the company said in a statement.

    Though they may look identical to legitimate glasses, the glasses do not offer the same eye protection as ones that meet requirements set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Legitimate glasses not only block 1/100,000th of the light from the sun, but also UV and infrared light that can damage the eyes.

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    Amazon said customers who purchased legitimate eclipse glasses did not receive a message because their product was confirmed to be ISO compliant. Customers who are still concerned about their eclipse glasses can reach out to customer service for a refund under the A-to-Z Guarantee.

    The American Astronomical Society also has a website to help determine if your eclipse glasses are safe.

    The total eclipse will occur Aug. 21. The moon is expected to eclipse about 80 percent of the sun over North Texas with peak eclipse occurring at about 1:09 p.m. In North Texas, the moon will begin it's transit at about 11:40 a.m. and will end about three hours later.