Amazon Faces Lawsuit After Couples Claims Eyesight Is Damaged From Fake Eclipse Glasses

Amazon recently issued a recall of certain kinds of eclipse glasses sold on their site. 

By Eric Shorey

According to the New York Post, a class action suit against Amazon has been filed in federal court in South Carolina. Accusers are saying Amazon sold defective or fake eclipse glasses, and they now have eye damage after looking directly into the sun during the cosmic event earlier this month.

Corey Payne and his fiancée, Kayla Harris, purchased glasses which they used to view the eclipse. Hours later they experienced headaches, which further developed into vision impairments in the days after.

"[B]oth plaintiffs began to see dark spots in their line of vision, suffered vision impairment, including blurriness, a central blind spot, increased sensitivity, changes in perception of color, and distorted vision,” the lawsuit says.

The couple says they did not look into the sun without the glasses at any time.

Amazon had issued a recall of certain kinds of glasses which were deemed ineffective or not produced by reputable companies on August 10. They did not release information about the scale of this recall, nor have they offered comment on this most recent suit.

Payne and Harris did not receive notice of the recall. They are looking to be joined by other people who incurred damage due to the defective glasses as a result of Amazon's negligence. 

In addition to damages and compensation, Geek Wire adds that lawyers are also asking Amazon to fund a medical monitoring program for anyone who becomes part of the class-action suit. The manufacturers of the glasses are not mentioned in the suit by name.

Experts say that as the eclipse approached, more companies began offering fraudulent products, although no data on the total amount of glasses distributed. The American Astronomical Society says that some vendors were creating fake ISO labels that supposedly certified that the glasses met international standards of safety.

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