A South Carolina couple has filed a lawsuit against Amazon over allegations they were sold fake eclipse glasses that caused eye damage. Amazon was one of several retailers that sold special glasses for the solar eclipse that traversed the United States on August 21. The couple claims that the counterfeit glasses sold by Amazon have left them with blind spots and blurry vision.
Special glasses are required to view a solar eclipse without suffering eye damage. According to NASA, legitimate solar eclipse glasses contain a printed International Organization for Standardization (IOS) ISO 12312-2 number. Counterfeit glasses may contain a fake ISO label. NASA also claims these glasses are free of scratch marks and do not contain homemade filters.
Amazon issued a recall for the counterfeit glasses. However, the lawsuit claims it was “too little, too late” for the couple. Thousands of counterfeit glasses may have been sold on Amazon before they were pulled by the retail giant. The couple is hoping their lawsuit will reach class-action status in due time.
What Are Symptoms of Ultraviolet Radiation Blindness?
More people could come forward with claims that eclipse glasses sold on Amazon caused blindness or other vision problems. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, symptoms of solar retinopathy include:
- Blurry vision
- A central or paracentral blind spot
Amazon and other retailers have a legal responsibility to release safe products. A recall does not necessarily absolve a retailer of liability for injuries.