Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is recalling eclipse glasses sold in its gift shop and would like to inform anyone who bought eclipse glasses from the hospital gift shop that the glasses may not be safe for viewing the sun or the solar eclipse. The gift shop sold 60 pairs and will provide a full refund, as well as a paper-framed pair of glasses from a recommended manufacturer to anyone who returns the recalled glasses. The hospital gift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Though advertised as CE and ISO Certified, on Thursday, Aug. 17 Amazon informed vendors and individuals who purchased these eclipse glasses that they have not been confirmed as coming from a recommended manufacturer. The recalled glasses are plastic-framed glasses that were sold in the hospital gift shop. (The disposable paper-framed glasses given away free in many Samaritan facilities have been confirmed as coming from a recommended manufacturer and have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.)
For anyone in the community who may have purchased eclipse glasses on Amazon, the recalled glasses have been identified by the company as “Solar Eclipse Glasses CE and ISO Certified - Safe Solar Viewing - Viewer and Filter - Eye Protection (3 Pack - Plastic Frame).” The manufacturer is listed as Cangnanxian Qiweigongyiyouxiangongsi. It has not been confirmed that it is safe to use these glasses to view the eclipse.
A list of recommended manufacturers of solar eclipse glasses may be found at the American Astronomical Society website at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters
To protect your eyes when viewing the sun or an eclipse, NASA and the American Astronomical Society advise you to use 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 permanent blindness.