August’s solar eclipse that traversed the United States will be remembered
for years to come. Thousands of people across the country rushed to stores
and online retailers to buy special glasses that were required to safely
view a solar eclipse.
According to NASA, safe eclipse glasses have a designated 12312-2 ISO number,
are free from scratches, do not use homemade filters and list the manufacturer’s
contact information. NASA maintains that these are the types of glasses
that are necessary to safely view a solar eclipse. However, some retailers
sold defective or fake solar eclipse glasses that did not meet these safety
specifications. Amazon even initiated a recall for defective glasses almost
two weeks before the solar eclipse.
Some people who bought the
defective glasses were not notified of the recall in time. A South Carolina couple has filed
a lawsuit against Amazon, claiming the retailer sold them defective or
counterfeit glasses that caused vision problems after viewing the eclipse.
According to the lawsuit, the couple developed spotty vision, headaches
and blind spots in their center of vision. A Tennessee-based company is
responsible for making the glasses, but they are not named in the lawsuit.
The couple is hoping for their lawsuit to achieve class-action status.
Depending on the validity of the claims, it is possible other people could
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has warned that staring at the sun
without proper eye protection, even for a short time, can lead to permanent
retinal damage. According to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in
the United Kingdom, solar retinal damage can cause blurriness, sensitivity
to light, blind spots in the center of vision and changes in perception or color.
It is possible that other retailers or manufacturers who were hoping to
cash in on the solar eclipse also created or sold defective glasses. The
Washington DC product liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC have decades of combined experience helping
victims of defective products.