Douglas County Library’s eclipse glasses subject to recall |

Douglas County Library’s eclipse glasses subject to recall

Kurt Hildebrand |
FILE - This March 9, 2016, file photo shows a total solar eclipse in Belitung, Indonesia.
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The eclipse glasses being distributed by Douglas County Public Libraries are being recalled.

“We regret to announce that the eclipse glasses provided to the public by the Douglas County Public Libraries are being recalled,” Library Director Amy Dodson said. “The vendor informed the library administration on Thursday, stating they ‘have not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer. We recommend that you do not use this product to view the sun or the eclipse.’”

The library gave away more than 500 of the glasses and had another shipment of 1,200 that arrived on Wednesday.

“It is very disappointing to learn that the eclipse glasses are not guaranteed to be safe,” Dodson said. “Library patrons have been enthusiastic about our pre-eclipse giveaways. However, the safety of our patrons is of the highest importance.”

To protect your eyes when viewing the sun or an eclipse, NASA and the American Astronomical Society advise using solar eclipse glasses or other solar filters from recommended manufacturers.

Viewing the sun or an eclipse using any other glasses or filters could result in loss of vision or blindness.

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