NORFOLK, NE — A local eye clinic is warning the public they might have received counterfeit solar eclipse viewing glasses.
Authier, Miller Pape in Norfolk is warning the public that the glasses they picked up from the clinic last week may be uncertified.
Optometrist Jeff Pape says they gave out 500 glasses last week at the clinic. While those glasses have the proper coding, Pape says they rather be safe than sorry.
A statement was posted on their Facebook page in regards to the glasses:
“It has recently come to our attention that multiple sources of the eclipse glasses were not properly certified. Although the glasses we gave away last week have the proper coding stamped on them, we want to be 100% sure that everyone is safe. While it is possible that these glasses are safe, we are asking that they be returned and replaced with glasses that we had directly shipped to us from the manufacturer.
Please contact us if you have any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 402-371-8230.”
The problem is, according to Pape, there are companies wanting to make safe glasses, but they aren’t certified.
At this time there are only a handful of vendors that sell the glasses that are tested, certified and safe for solar eclipse viewing.
The American Paper Optics Company is one of those vendors. Pape said they have contacted the American Paper Optics Company and had them send new glasses through the manufacture directly, instead of the distributor.
Authier Miller Pape has new glasses that you can pick up at the eye clinic starting tomorrow at noon.
Pape has four safety tips to utilize on August 21
1. Wear the proper eyewear
2. Even with the proper eyewear, direct viewing of the eclipse should be done in increments.
3. Put your glasses on first before looking at the eclipse
4. Children need to be supervised