A Charleston, South Carolina couple sued online e-commerce behemoth Amazon for what they claim were fake solar eclipse glasses that were purchased from the online giant.
Kayla Harris and Corey Thomas Payne claimed they purchased a set of three eclipse glasses August 1 as they hoped the glasses would give them the opportunity to view the first U.S. total solar eclipse in a century, safely.
Amazon tried to recall the glasses August 19 telling all who purchased them not to use them during the eclipse. The company also sent out emails to its customers warning about possible dangerous glasses designed for the solar eclipse that were not verified as being made by reputable businesses.
The court complaint claims the couple did not receive Amazon’s recall notice prior to the August 21 total eclipse so they used the glasses made by American Paper Optics for the eclipse.
The suit says that the recall of August 19 was too little and too late. The complaint said that Amazon’s email notification had been insufficient to apprise customers in the timely basis of the potentially defective nature of the glasses, and that resulted in the plaintiffs using the defective glasses to see the eclipse.
Both Harris and Payne allegedly began experiencing eye water and headaches after they used the recalled glasses for the eclipse, and during the following days, developed impaired vision, which included blurriness and distorted vision.
The plaintiffs claimed that negligence by Amazon in selling these glasses that were later recalled caused thousands of its customers, including the two of them, physical injuries and headaches, that included permanent vision loss.
Before the eclipse, NASA as well as health experts already warned of the dangers of using fake eclipse glasses to observe the natural phenomenon, even if for just a couple of seconds.
It is just common sense not to look directly into the sun with naked eyes or to risk damaging vision, and that advice is true for partial eclipses of the sun.
However, protective eyewear must have special purpose filters; so that one can look directly at the sun and not face risks of have temporary or permanent damage to their eyes.
The next total eclipse of the sun will take place in 2022 once again all the warnings of viewing with protective eyewear will be broadcast over all forms of communication.